This past weekend I had the opportunity to eat at a Peruvian restaurant for a friend’s birthday dinner (Happy Birthday Shannon!). I had never eaten at a Peruvian restaurant before so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. As I perused the menu, my eyes came across a few words that determined my meal right then and there: Served with garlic rice. Eureka! I ordered right away and I waited patiently. About as patiently as a kid who gets up at 4am on Christmas morning patiently waits to open presents. In other words, I was anxious and by the time my food finally arrived I was ready to devour it. And I’m not gonna lie… devour it I did.
I am not quite sure why I never thought to make garlic rice before. It is such a simple and easy way to jazz up rice. I opted to use jasmine rice for this recipe because I have about 20 pounds of it sitting in my kitchen. It is my favorite kind of rice and worked very well for this dish. For those of you that don’t have much experience with jasmine rice I really suggest picking up a bag. It’s a fragrant long-grain rice that has a subtle nutty flavor. I use it for just about any dish that calls for rice. It can be expensive at grocery stores but if you have an Asian market near you you can probably get a 20lb bag for around $20. If you have a Costco membership, depending on their inventory, you might even be able to pick up a 20lb bag for around $10.
This rice makes the perfect side dish to serve along side the Adobo-Lime Chicken that I shared yesterday.
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My name is Des. I’m a Mom to Kellan and Preston. Wife to Ryan. Dog mom to Pumpkin and lover of all things food. Whether it is cooking it, eating it, shopping for it or watching TV about it, food is one of my favorite things. Read more »
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