Monday, March 31, 2014

Cilantro Lime Rice - 52 Church PotLuck Side Dish

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Shhh... Don't tell anyone, but here's the recipe for a better version of Chipotle restaurant's Cilantro Lime Rice.  Most of the secret recipe is in the name, but I make my rice with Chicken Stock in place of water,  Adds a much richer flavor.

It's a simple to make side dish (just an occasional stir), always welcome at any big family event, dinner or potluck.  The rice will stay warm and fluffy in a crock pot for hours, just stir and fluff right before serving.

It's the stuff of legends and deserves the reputation!

Enjoy Indeed.

Keep scrolling down for the recipe.

OK... Here's what I did...

Cilantro Lime Rice 

  • 2 Cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 Cup White Rice
  • Juice and Zest from 1 Lime
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
Cooking Directions
  1. In a medium Sauce Pan, heat 2 Cups Chicken Stock to boiling.
  2. Reduce heat to simmer and add Rice, stir for one minute.
  3. Add Lime Zest and Juice, stir again.
  4. Cover and simmer for 20 Minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
  5. After 20 minutes, continue to cook uncovered, stirring every minute or so until rice is tender and fluffy (about 5 more minutes).
  6. Add Cilantro, salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve warm (will keep in a crock pot for several hours, fluff before serving) and ENJOY!
Tastes great when served with A South Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauced Chicken Quarter!


This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


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