If you’ve ever hosted a dinner party for friends, you want your guests talking about how good your food was way after they have left. However, you are not about to hire a gourmet chef to cook for you and you have to look for simple, interesting and tasty dishes you can make. For a starch option, chances are that you will choose to make rice. Well, here are a few stylish, practical ways to cook rice:
- Chicken and rice quick fix. Spice up your dull, pale-colored rice with some flavorful chicken, served in a bowl with a sprig of cilantro. To make the process faster, you can use long grain rice and chicken cutlets. Fry the rice in some little oil then add the chicken stock and cutlets. Add some cayenne and jalapeño pepper for that extra kick. For garnish, you can use lime wedges, tortilla strips or some salsa. The best thing about this dish is that all the flavorful goodness serves well in a bowl and pairs well with margaritas.
- Chilled, shrimp rice salad. Yes, you read it right! This delicious meal can be served chilled as opposed to the usual warm option. Bake the shrimp in the oven with light seasoning and combine with some roughly cut spinach leaves. Top it off with lime slices, some garlic and mint. Add a little fun to the meal by including almonds for texture. This meal can be had at any time of day, even as a snack. To have it chilled, just make it ahead of time and leave it in the refrigerator once it cools.
- Rice crackers. If you are looking for a great, healthy snack to have as you enjoy a hearty conversation with friends, you can try some rice crackers. Cook some rice the way you normally would. Add some seasoning, salt and put the all of this in a food processor until finely ground. Knead this dough, adding a bit of canola oil. Flatten the dough and cut out round portions – you can use the rim of a glass for this. Bake the crackers in the oven for 8 minutes. They will be lightly browned. These can be served with a dip or drizzled with honey or chocolate.
- Skillet sausage and rice. If you are looking for a fun meal, why not add some smoked sausage to your rice. Add some bell peppers, onions, garlic and some chicken broth for a tasty mix. This dish is also quick to make and the sausage will add a spicy and savory sizzle to the meal.
There are various types and colors of rice and you need to choose the one that best suits your meal. Your rice dish does not have to be plain and boring. The above dishes should inspire you to come up with your own recipes. Try these out too and see how your guests will be amazed.