Doesn’t that just look like a pretty little touch of spring? Maybe even a little glimmer of St. Patty’s day with the little cilantro like clover!? Spring is in the air my friends. That is something to be thankful for.
This rice is a wonderful addition to any Mexican style meal. We eat it mostly with my Sweet Cafe Rio Pork. Often times when we have a large family gathering with my brothers, sisters and parents, we have a “Cafe Rio” meal. For those of you that don’t have a Cafe Rio Restaurant close to you, my sympathies go out to you. They serve fabulous Mexican salads and burritos. We make the Sweet Cafe Rio Pork, this Cilantro Lime Rice, and a fabulous Cilantro Dressing (watch for it to be posted tomorrow). We purchase raw tortilla shells at Costco and cook them up fresh on a griddle. Then each family member can build their own concoction with the tortilla, meat, rice, lettuce, black beans, cheese, tomatoes, onions, dressing, guacamole, and sour cream. It is a great meal to do as a group. It’s a lot of work for 1 person to make the meat, rice, and dressing…so we usually split those assignments up. It makes it easier on each person!
Hope you have a Cafe Rio party soon!
Cilantro Lime Rice
Yield: about 4 C cooked rice
Time: 45 minutes start to finish
2 C uncooked rice
1 T butter
2 cloves garlic minced
4 chicken bullion cubes
1 t lime zest
4 C water
2 T lime juice
1 T sugar
3 T fresh cilantro, chopped
1. In a large skillet combine rice, butter, garlic, lime zest, bullion cubes, and water. Bring to a boil and stir well.
2. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
3. In a small bowl combine lime juice, sugar, and cilantro. Pour over the top of the hot cooked rice, and stir to incorporate. ENJOY!