*This review and giveaway was made possible by iConnect Influencer Management and Litehouse Foods. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.*
I recently had the opportunity to try some Litehouse Foods products and create an original recipe suitable for Father's Day and/or graduation celebrations. I was hoping to find some of the Chunky Blue Cheese in my local store so I could make a buffalo bleu chicken lasagna, but I couldn't find any.
It may have been a blessing in disguise, though, because I ended up having to get another product, Avocado Ranch With Bacon. I had to come u with a whole new recipe to use the Avocado Ranch With Bacon dressing, and it ended up being totally awesome.
I wanted something unique, not just a salad or to use the dressing as a sandwich topper or something, I wanted it at the heart of the recipe. I decided to do a practice run for our Father's Day meal. Since I already had the main course planned (steak) I figured a side dish would be good. I have to have a carb with every meal, so that was a no brainer. I thought of a pasta salad, and I had a ton of great ideas, but I decided to shake it up and make a delicious rice dish instead.
I love almost every kind of rice, but my favorite base (before other ingredients are added) rice is Smoked Basmati rice. It has a rich, smoky flavor and a substantial, but tender long grain. I usually enjoy it simply with butter, but I wanted to see how it works in a recipe.
I cooked the rice as I always do (adding smoked sea salt, to add extra smokiness). When it was done, I added in the dressing, and heated it through again.
Smoky Bacon Avacado Ranch Rice:
2 cups (soaked) Smoked Basmati rice
4 cups water.
2 teaspoons smoked sea salt.
1 cup Litehouse Avocado Ranch With Bacon dressing.
Soak rice for 30 minutes. Drain.
Add 2 cups soaked rice and 4 cups water to pot (medium heat). Bring to boil. Add Smoked Sea Salt, stir. Cover. Continue to cook on medium heat for 10-11 minutes, until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let sit covered for an additional 10 minutes. Fluff rice with fork. Add 1 cup Litehouse Avocado Ranch With Bacon dressing. Stir to combine completely (gently so as not to smash the rice). return to low heat until heated through. Enjoy!
It came out perfect. It is very flavorful and hearty, but still delicate somehow. I decided they would be best presented in a special way, so I used little dessert cups. They look awesome. I can't wait to make this again on Sunday.
The recipe is so simple. Just 3 ingredients! This will be a new go-to for me for BBQs, entertaining and pot lucks. I may even dress it up in the future with added bacon pieces or an avocado garnish. This recipe is so versatile. It will keep well in the fridge and is sure to be a hit.
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