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Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

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Spanish Beef Rice, Great Comfort Food

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on May 24, 2012 ][ In Beef, Chicken & Other Poultry ]

Some days you just need comfort food.  Comfort food is defined as food that is simple to prepare, easy to eat and often has a nostalgic component to it.  Comfort food varies from person to person and culturally as well.  For me, comfort food is definitely rooted in my childhood as a favorite dish one of my parents, mostly my mother, would make.  If my mother made Spanish Beef Rice for dinner, it was a good day for me.  For her, it was fast and easy to get on the table for a hungry family and can easily be doubled for extra mouths.

Spanish Beef Rice

My kids have also grown to love this dish and it is a good way to squeak in a few extra vegetables.  Any leftovers are great for someone’s lunch the next day.  Add a side salad or a vegetable and dinner is pretty complete. I’d like to mention that any dish I make calling for ground beef, I almost always substitute ground turkey because I’m not fond of beef.  Hardly anyone ever notices and my family likes ground turkey in dishes so give it a try yourself.


Spanish Beef Rice

1 large onion, chopped

1 bell pepper, chopped

1 lb. ground beef or turkey

1 cup regular rice, uncooked

2 8oz. cans tomato sauce

1 3/4 cups hot water

1 tsp. salt

pepper to taste

2 tsp. dried parsley

1 tsp. mustard

Heat a large skillet on medium high.  Add onion, bell pepper, beef and rice and cook, stirring constantly until meat is browned.  Drain and rinse meat in a large colander to get rid of excess fat.  Return to skillet and add tomato sauce and remaining ingredients.  Mix well and bring to a boil.  Cover and simmer 25 minutes or until rice is tender.  Serve with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese.


My mother also made the most wonderful chicken and dumplings and a dish called Hungry Boy casserole with ground meat and beans in a tomato sauce topped with homemade biscuits.  My father made the best white gravy for biscuits but he used bacon grease, not sausage.  To this day, I cannot stand sausage gravy with lumps of sausage in it over biscuits.  My husband’s family is crazy about their tomato gravy over biscuits but to me, it is glorified tomato soup.  I know many will think I’ve lost my mind when they read this, but I love cornbread crumbled up in a glass of milk.  As I said, comfort food varies a great deal among individuals.


Share your favorite comfort food, I’d love to know what you are eating!



Upadated on May 24, 2012

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