Long Grain and Wild Rice Mix.

This was the last project of a long weekend in the kitchen, so unfortunately no pictures to share!  I’ll work on adding one the next time I make it.  This is a knock-off of the traditional Uncle Ben’s Long Grain and Wild Rice mix.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried parsley
  • 1/3 cup garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • wild rice
  • parboiled long-grain white rice

Instructions:

  • Mix parsley, garlic, salt, and sugar together – this forms your seasoning mix.
  • To prepare – use a ratio of 1/2 wild rice and 1/2 white rice.
  • A standard amount to start with – use 1 cup of the rice mix plus one heaping tablespoon seasoning mix.  Cook with 2 1/4 cups water and a tablespoon of butter or olive oil.  Bring to boil, reduce heat and cover, and cook until liquid is gone (approximately 25 minutes).

Notes:

  • I made the batch of seasoning mix and then prepared small bags of the rice and seasoning mixture together so it would be easy to just dump into a pan and cook.
  • I halved the standard ratio above since there are just two of us and the portion sizes were perfect.
  • The original recipe said that the white rice must specifically be parboiled.  Regular white rice apparently gets a little sticky and has a difference consistency from Uncle Ben’s.  I found that parboiled rice in the regular rice section at the grocery store is very expensive and hard to find – but if you skip over to the Goya aisle there are a ton of Spanish parboiled rices that are dirt cheap (as rice should be!).
  • The seasoning mix makes a LOT of mix.  Had I not been tired and thinking just a little better, I would have at least halved it.  It will last you through a ton of rice.

Opinion:

  • This was a great start.  The flavor was a little bland but something about it definitely reminded you of Uncle Ben’s.  The original recipe that I used suggested adding dried onions or onion powder, and to modify the proportions of the seasonings in whatever way suits you.  I think I might try the onion powder next time to add a little something.
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