Spanish Rice ala Nita
 
3   strips bacon
1 lb.  lean ground beef
1   6ounce can tomato paste
1 or 2 Tbsp  butter
1   vidalia or sweet type onion, peeled, chopped
1/2   sweet bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup  fresh celery, chopped
1 cup  uncooked white rice
1   28ounce can chopped or crushed tomatoes, in juice
1 cup  water
1/4 cup  dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp  salt
1/4 tsp  black pepper
 
cook bacon over medium-low heat until it is browned. remove bacon to a plate 
with paper towels on it. allow it to drain. add beef to pan and cook over 
medium heat, stirring often, breaking up beef well, leaving no lumps. cook 
for about 5 minutes. add tomato paste, stirring in well. cook until beef is 
browned, another 3 or 4 minutes, being careful not to burn. reserve beef in a 
bowl. 
 
add butter to pan, melting it over low heat. stir in onions, celery and bell 
pepper. cook over medium heat about 3 minutes or until onions are somewhat 
translucent. add reserved beef. add rice, undrained tomatoes, water, dark 
brown sugar. stir well. heat to boiling. reduce heat to low. cover and simmer 
30 to 35 minutes, stirring occasionally until rice is tender. crumble 
reserved bacon and stir it in. season with salt and pepper. adjust seasoning. 
serves 4 to 5. 
 
nita holleman 
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(ID: 13851) Mirror: rec.food.recipes: Fri, Mar 14, 2003


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