Trinity Rice, A Reminder and An Update

>> Saturday, November 27, 2010

Hello everyone, I hope your tummies are all healing nicely after your large Thanksgiving feasts. This month has been so hectic and busy for me (and all of you) that I just noticed I have not shared enough recipes and felt like I didn't have enough of a choice for my November YBR recipe. So I'm posting a new recipe to try to squeeze in right before the YBR roundup. See you're not the only ones who waits to make your final choices. So this brings me to the reminder.

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The reminder: REMINDER if you want to Participate in this month's YBR round up please email me your photo and information by MONDAY NOVEMBER 29, (for people in Asian and Australia that would be early Monday morning for you.)


The update: My cookbook, An Epiphany of The Senses, has had a special holiday price reduction. The new price is only $21.99! I'm not sure how long the lower price will last so I hope you can take advantage of the lower price.

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Now on to the recipe. Today I'm going to share my recipe invention called Trinity Rice. Nope not in a religious sense of name, and no it's not a dish named after Trinity from The Matrix trilogy, but rather a reference to "The Holy Trinity" of Cajun cuisine. For those of you not familiar with the word Cajun it is used to describe the French speaking immigrants that settled in the southern US state of Louisiana. Cajun cuisine is for lack of a better word AMAZING! There are so many dishes that I could tell you about (and drool all over my keyboard while I type) but it's best for you to just do a Google search on Cajun cuisine and you'll see what I'm talking about. OMG! Who's craving Crawfish Étouffée now? me me me! Back on subject, Cajuns were immigrants that were expelled by the British from the northern and eastern coastal areas of Canada. When these French speaking people settled in Louisiana their foods were influenced by all of the local mix of people. It is said that Cajun cuisine has elements of French, Spanish, African, Portuguese, Native American and even South Asian Indian cuisine.* So you can see that this exotic mix of culinary ingredients can only have spectacular results!

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What is "The Holy Trinity" of Cajun cuisine? It is onion, bell pepper, and celery. These three ingredients, or the trinity, makes the foundation for Cajun cuisine. (You will find a trinity of sorts in many world cuisines but today I'm just going to tell you about this one.) I came up with this rice when I made Emeril's crab cakes and I had leftover onions, bell peppers and celery. I wanted to make a tangy rice to go on the side of the crab cakes. It's a very simple dish that is super easy and quite fast to prepare. But let me tell you the taste couldn't be further from simple. My husband liked it so much that after he took his first bite he asked if I had written down my recipe so I could make it again very soon. So with a request like I wasn't going to deny him and yes I wrote it down as I went along. (Sorry I didn't do the metric conversions for this recipe.)

Trinity Rice (serves 2)
Ingredients:
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
1 medium bell pepper, finely chopped ( I used a red bell pepper)
1 large celery stalk, finely chopped
1 1/2 tsp. granulated garlic
1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
1 cup long grain rice
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
pinch white pepper
1 3/4 cup vegetable broth, low sodium (I dissolved 1 cube in warm water)

Optional:
fresh Lime or Lemon juice

1. Finely chop the vegetables. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in large pan. Saute the vegetables until they are translucent and soft. Add the rice to the pan, stir and brown the rice for about 8 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning and the rice from sticking to the pan. Next sprinkle in all the spices, stir and cook for another 2 minutes.
2. Pour the vegetable broth into the pan and stir well. Turn the heat up to medium high and allow the rice to start to boil. Once the rice begins to boil turn heat down to a low setting cover and cook for another 15 minutes or until the rice is soft and cooked through. About halfway through the cooking time check the rice and make sure the water has not completely evaporated, if so stir in a little more. You can add a tablespoon at a time if needed to continue cooking the rice until it is soft.

If you would like to give the rice a little tangy taste add the juice of a small lime or lemon, or you can adjust to your taste. Serve as a side dish or double the recipe for a large main portion. You can also sprinkle some cayenne or chile powder over the dish to give it a little extra spiciness.
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The photo you see above this text show the Trinity rice with a fish fillet. The fish is Pangasius in Chili Lemon Sauce and the recipe can be found in my book on page 22. I think this rice is another great way to enjoy that fish recipe as it gives the fish more depth but all of the spices and the ingredients really compliment each other. Plus both the Trinity Rice and the Fish recipes are really healthy and have only a small amount of healthy fats. See eating healthy food does not by any means equate to bad flavorless foods, just take a look.
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20 comments:

Belinda @zomppa November 28, 2010 at 12:53 PM  

Oh! So flavorful. I had my first crawfish bake this year...awesome. This I will have to try.

Jara November 28, 2010 at 1:50 PM  

such a beautiful and simple dish that would go well with many other foods or as a stand alone :)

Cardamom Hills November 28, 2010 at 2:16 PM  

Now that a rice I should definitely try =) thanx for sharing!

Lauren Zabaneh November 28, 2010 at 3:31 PM  

so glad you found me and in turn I've found you! It's always fun to find new foodie friends!

Well, here in Houston, there is a lot of Louisiana food. I've never delved much into making it because it's easy to find, but this rice looks really, really good and so tasty. It would be good with anything. Thanks for sharing! (aren't you glad when you remember to write a recipe down as you make it?)

Stella November 28, 2010 at 4:36 PM  

Hey Nancy, I love cajun style rices like this. They are so good, and I always forget how nice they are till I've had them again. I might go and make this as a starch for our dinner tonight. I have just about everything for it...
Oh, and I've been busy this month too, and I lost my Photoshop when my computer died. I've been using Gimp, but I'll send you the photos of my pie. It's the only real nice thing I've made all month and blogged about since learning to use Gimp took me more than a minute;)
Okay, I'll e-mail you in a sec...

Sommer J November 28, 2010 at 5:09 PM  

Yum!!! What amazing flavors here!! I love easy, flavorful quick sides like this! Love the fish with it. I am jealous that you made crab cakes! Can not find decent crab meat around here to save my life. It's hard on this Maryland girl!!!

Frank November 28, 2010 at 5:50 PM  

Funny how so many cuisines have a 'holy trinity' as you say. In Italian cooking, it's onion, celery and carrot--not too far off the Cajun model, eh?

Pacheco Patty November 28, 2010 at 5:50 PM  

Hi Nancy,
My tummy has healed but probably not for long,lol;). I love your rice dish, the flavors would go perfectly with so many things. I think I already told you how much I'm enjoying your cookbook but I will tell you again, it's great and I'm going to try a few recipes for dinner. I'm hoping to get a good photo so I can post one on my blog, take care, Patty

Sandra November 28, 2010 at 7:32 PM  

Wonderful recipe, and photos are amazing!Yummy!

5 Star Foodie November 28, 2010 at 8:53 PM  

This rice sounds excellent, with the three essential cajun ingredients. A terrific side dish!

January November 28, 2010 at 9:08 PM  

i'm a huge rice eater and i'm happy to see another rice recipe :) i am definitely gonna make this one Nancy. i'm so sure it's gonna be a big hit with my hubby :)

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines November 28, 2010 at 10:07 PM  

This rice does sound good, and I usually have those items in my drawer, great idea! Thanks for the reminder! Hope you've recovered too!
-Gina-

Carolyn November 29, 2010 at 11:39 AM  

The whole meal looks terrific! I will email you my info and recipe now.

Magic of Spice November 29, 2010 at 4:46 PM  

I think I need to find a way to call you when I am cooking so you can write mine down too, lol
Beautiful rice dish and perfect with fish :)
I am sending over my YBR in a few!

redkathy November 29, 2010 at 9:41 PM  

Beautiful rice! Love the fish too, great combination!

Dimah November 30, 2010 at 11:03 AM  

Great recipe! sounds absolutely delicious!

Chef Mike December 1, 2010 at 2:27 PM  

Trinity rice is delicious, I love your use of red bell pepper!

foodblogandthedog December 1, 2010 at 3:33 PM  

This recipe is making my mouth water, will have to try this flavour combination, thanks for the YBR round-up, its great!!

JillyAn December 1, 2010 at 9:08 PM  

Nancy, those photos are awesome. YOur dish looks wonderful as well! I am going to order one of your lovely cookbooks.

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