Mississippi on the Menu

Mississippi Rice

Spanish Rice

Northwest Mississippi is proud to be home to the majority of rice producers in Mississippi.  In 2013, the rice crop contributed $141 million in value to the state’s economy and accounts for thousands of jobs, both on and off the farm. Rice also ranks among the state’s top agricultural exports.

Rice is nutritious, economical, blends well with any food pairings and is easy to make.  Best of all, rice is cholesterol-free, sodium-free and has no trans or saturated fat. Rice is also gluten-free and is the least allergenic of all grains.

1/4 cup chopped onion
2 Tbsp oil
1/4 cup Rotel tomatoes
1/4 c. diced tomatoes
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup uncooked rice
1/4 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups water

Sauté chopped onion until transparent, and then add green pepper and rice. Cook until rice is browned a little.   Place in oven proof casserole dish.
Combine all other ingredients (tomatoes, salt and spices) except the water in a small bowl.  Add tomato and spices mixture to rice and stir well.
Then add water, stir and cover with casserole lid or foil.  Place in 375° oven and cook for 35 minutes.  When done, if desired, cover the rice with chopped cilantro.

Fluff the rice with a fork before serving.