As we prepare for our annual Thanksgiving family feast – I have to say, y’all, living in the south is the best! The kids will run wild outdoors, while we adults cook and laugh together in the kitchen. Food brings us all together and makes our time that much more enjoyable. As years roll on, I can’t help but become more cognizant of the fact that so much of our food is available locally, and yet we often default to buying similar products at a big box store, origin unknown. The flavor and quality can’t compare. We need to get back to our roots of supporting the local guys – the dairy farmers, the crop shares, the farmers markets and local gourmet shops and markets. There are great people that put their heart and soul into food for our tables – finding locally sourced groceries that as a general rule both taste better and are better for us.
This Thanksgiving, along with our old favorites, we prepared several new Mississippi Blue Rice recipes to share. They plant, grow, harvest, mill and package their rice for the ultimate in quality. It cooks perfectly every time and has quickly become a favorite of our family and friends along with many local restaurants and online shoppers from across the country. We hope you will prepare these recipes with Mississippi Blue Rice and enjoy! Here’s the first of a series of five recipes we’ll be serving up this week!
Broccoli, Rice and Cheese Skillet
Broccoli, Rice and Cheese Skillet that totally shocked us. No more casseroles from cans, and 100% picky-kid approved.
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
- ¾ cup wild mushrooms, finely chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 1 cup uncooked Delta Belle Long Grain White Rice, uncooked
- 2 cups broccoli florets, cut into bite sized pieces
- 2 cups of low-sodium chicken broth
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- Sauté onions in olive oil over medium heat until tender.
- Add garlic, mushrooms and uncooked rice. Sauté for 3 or 4 minutes.
- Add liquids and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer 12 minutes.
- Add broccoli, stir, and cook another 8-12 minutes or until rice and broccoli are done.
- Stir in half the cheese and top with remaining. Remove from heat and serve.
Note: You may also transfer to a casserole dish before topping with cheese to serve at a gathering. When it’s time to serve, top with cheese and heat just long enough to melt cheese.
Want to try these recipes at home? We believe the secret ingredient is the pure variety found inside each bag of Mississippi Blue Rice. Purchase it straight from the farm here.
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