January 25, 2017
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"A super easy, and 'a bit different,' delicious rice dish. Great to serve with with just about any Mexican flavored dish. Just a few ingredients; makes this very easy to prepare."
See Note: Rice ... You want a 'fluffy' rice; not a wet or sticky rice. I usually use just a few tablespoons less water than required - this will ensure a drier/fluffier rice. But, follow basic package ingredients to cook the rice. Then, spread the rice out on a sheet pan to cool and dry. Once the rice is cool; let it set on the counter for a couple of hours. Believe it or not ... this really is important. Then, once the rice has dried out a bit; add it to a microwave safe bowl. You will reheat the rice in the microwave prior to adding the avocado sauce. Believe me ... I have made this WITHOUT letting the rice dry; and, it just isn't the same. This is a very important step. This can easily be done way ahead of time.
Also ... The rice can be cooked in a rice cooked, stove top; or, even the microwave. Whatever you feel comfortable with.
Sauce ... Add 1 1/2 avocados to a small bowl, and completely mash using a fork - you want it very creamy. Then, add the lime juice, garlic, cilantro, scallions, mint, cumin, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper; and, taste. Adjust if necessary. Mix well, until everything is combined. Then, add the remaining avocado - you want a bit of texture in this dish. Mix until combined.
Rice ... Reheat your cooled and dried rice in a microwave safe bowl for 2-3 minutes on medium high heat. Once the rice is heated through and hot, add the avocado mix (room temperature); and, toss until everything is combined. It is mostly creamy; but, a few bits of the diced avocado and the scallions gives it a bit of texture.
Serve and ENJOY! ... It's light, sweet, savory; and, a bit spicy too. One note ... using fresh herbs are really important. And, if you aren't a cilantro fan; parsley can be substituted, although the flavor will be a bit different. Perfect to serve HOT or ROOM TEMP. A great side dish with just about any Mexican flavored dish.
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