American Style: Spanish Rice with Chicken & Smoked Beef Sausage

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This recipe will not only make a delicious meal with leftovers you might have from the night before but, it will also leave your pockets a bit 'less' empty. Rice is a good way to stretch a few ingredients a long way, while your family's stomachs will be very happy that you did so.

Times Are hard!

In this day and time we are all trying to stretch a buck, just as Mama did while we were growing up, as Dad was in the United States Air Force and just an enlisted man. Money was never plentiful and food was not always five star cuisine but, it was filling and it tasted darn good.

I could say I just started to do the same as Mama did, since times have been so hard on so many of us Americans but, I have used these kinds of recipes myself for decades to feed my husband, brother, children and the few friends that tagged along with them.

Just as Mama did, I will cook a meal for my family, a meal that consist of some kind of meat, a side dish of sorts and then a vegetable. The next day our meal is always made with the leftover meat from last nights supper. Made into a casserole or as a one pot dish like Mama's Spanish rice.

Mama would add a few odds and ends to the meat, she had in her pantry, refrigerator or freezer and come up with a meal that at times was better than the original meal. So do not turn your nose up to those leftovers, turn them into 'another' delicious meal.

Ingredients

2 chicken breast
4 cups chicken stock
3 cups rice (medium grain)
2 cups crushed tomatoes
1 cup celery
2 carrots
1 onion (yellow)
1 can green chilies (diced, .45 ounces)
bell pepper (red, 1/2 of a cup)
5 sprigs of thyme
2 bay leaf (I use Turkish bay leaf)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt & black cracked pepper, to your taste

When I use bell peppers for a stir fry or beef and peppers, I always have some of the pepper left, so I place the ends in a freezer bag, as I use more peppers I add those ends to the same bag in my freezer.

I do this so when I am making a soup or a sauce, I can just use the ends and not have to cut into another pepper. That sweet wonderful flavor can be added to any dish, at a wink of an eye.

I also do the same with sausages, as I make a gumbo or just place a few on the grill, I will cut off both ends and place them into a freezer bag. I pull out what I need to add flavor to a pot of rice or stew, as I did with this recipe. They are also good to add to beans.

Dice & Wrap

Dice your onions in a medium dice. Cube your cooked chicken. Cut your smoked sausage into four pieces. Cut your carrots into 6 pieces. I like to get all my spices on a plate, open all my cans and set everything up, as this recipe moves very fast once you start.

Place a square of cheesecloth on a plate and place on it, your celery, carrots, thyme and bay leaf. Tie one side, corner to corner and set aside.

I used a 'garlic' smoked beef sausage so I did not add any garlic to this dish, if you are not using a garlic sausage then dice up a few cloves of garlic and add to your pot when you add your spices.

I am not a fan of celery when it comes to the texture but, I love the flavor it adds to a dish but, if you like it then, by all means dice it up. I am using the leaves of the celery as they are always left over from my husband's snack I send with him to work and he does not like the leaves. I also find they have a tad bit more flavor than the stalks.

Pour it Girl!

Place your olive oil in a 5 quart dutch oven, on medium heat, add your onions, peppers and sausage, cook until the onions have softened. Add your bell pepper to your cheesecloth and tie up the other two corners, making a bundle, set aside.

Add your spices and fry until you are able to smell the spices, just around thirty seconds. Then add your green chillies, herb/vegetable bundle, crushed tomatoes and chicken stock and allow it to come to a boil, add your rice, turn down to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes is up, take off your lid, add your chicken, 'do not stir'. Replace the lid and remain cooking for 5 minutes.

Rice: Gotta Love it!

This is my rule of thumb for medium grain rice, 20 minutes but, you cook the rice in this recipe according to how you cook medium grain rice, just add the chicken to your pot 5 minutes before the rice will be done.

Also, if you are not using 'medium' grain rice, then cook that rice according to how you like it, like I would never cook 'long' grain rice for 20 minutes, 15 minutes is tops for me.

This dish could be made with any kind of rice, just make sure that you use the same amount of liquid as you would when just making a pot of that certain type of rice.

As with your type of rice you are using, any one of these other ingredients can be changed too fit what you might have left over or in your pantry, refrigerator or freezer.

This dish can be made vegetarian, maybe add some tofu at the end, change the chicken stock to vegetable stock and do not add the sausage. If you don't add the sausage then I would add around a teaspoon of smoked paprika to the dish.

I recommend you use salt when cooking rice, it is the same as with pasta, you only have one time to 'really' get that salt flavor in and that is while it is cooking.

Makes my Mouth Water

As I have stated before in this article, this rice dish can be made with 'your' leftovers, what ever they might be. I used leftover lemon chicken and I find the lemon gives it a nice touch so if you are not using leftover lemon chicken, zest around a teaspoon of lemon and add it to the pot at the end, as you are fluffing up your rice.

The only other person that eats carrots in my family, other than me, is my daughter and she is way out in Texas, so all that goodness is going in my bowl.

Here are some more of my recipes that I am sure your family will enjoy...

Vegetarian Pasta Salad

Homemade Potato Soup

Lentil Soup: Vegetarian or Ham Bone!

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Cheesecloth, Denise O, Dutch Oven, Green Chillies, Leftovers, One Pot, Recipe, Recipes, Rice, Sausage, Tomato, Vegetables

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author avatar Denise O
I live in Georgia, USA. I am a granny to 3 precious children. I am Mama to Bugg and two human beings. I was once married to a wonderful, Dan.

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author avatar stevetheblogger
3rd Aug 2012 (#)

Denise when is the dinner invitation coming it must smell wonderful in your house. Coming from a British background my Mother was into all this and my favorite meal was on a Monday Shepherds Pie or in some quarters if your a little posh Cottage Pie, Or if you want to be cosmopolitanism Pate Chinoe (I know I spelt that wrong) Anyway fort the best shepherds Pie just use all the leftovers from the weekend.
You have now made me hungry so I will go and see what I have in the fridge.
Best Wishes
Steve

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author avatar Denise O
4th Aug 2012 (#)

I hear ya Steve, as did my mama. There is not a thing wrong with this type of cooking but, I have lightened up Mama's version quite a bit. I hear ya, we just call it hamburger pie.LOL
Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar norlaw1935
3rd Aug 2012 (#)

Great recipe and the pictures are great also

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author avatar Denise O
4th Aug 2012 (#)

Thank you norlaw for your kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Allison Jae
4th Aug 2012 (#)

Wow! This looks like a scrumptious dinner. Can I come to your house?

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author avatar Denise O
4th Aug 2012 (#)

Any time you would like, my door is always open. Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Robert
4th Aug 2012 (#)

sorry it looks and sounds gross!

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author avatar Denise O
4th Aug 2012 (#)

No reason to be sorry Robert, you like what you like...not a darn thing wrong with that. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
4th Aug 2012 (#)

It looks yummy to me.

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author avatar Denise O
4th Aug 2012 (#)

Why thank you Steve, I really appreciate the support. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Aug 2012 (#)

When the going gets tough, the tough get going! For me, more of the the resilient and loving ones like you, Denise. Thanks for thinking of vegetarians too like me. Left-overs were recycled even before we had refrigerators like during my forefathers' (foremothers!) time. You have been embellishing this site with your unique recipes Denise, thanks - siva

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
4th Aug 2012 (#)

Home cooking is a million times better than anything else. The only problem is cleaning the dishes.

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author avatar Denise O
5th Aug 2012 (#)

I hear ya Mark, my dishwashers have left the nest, that would be my kids.LOL
As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Retired
4th Aug 2012 (#)

Looks yummy...love spanish rice....

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author avatar Denise O
5th Aug 2012 (#)

Thank you Starrleena for your kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
4th Aug 2012 (#)

Looks delicious to me too! I will have to add this recipe to my "Spanish Rice" recipe collection.

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author avatar Denise O
5th Aug 2012 (#)

Thank you Jerry for your kind words. I am like you and Starrleena, I too love Spanish rice. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Judy Ellen
5th Aug 2012 (#)

Wow! You are truly an artist when it comes to writing and those pictures are also very artistically and beautifully laid out. I will definitely try this one! This recipe is great for those on a budget and who isn't these days!! So glad to see your pages again. I am taking a break from writing for now but love reading others articles/pages!!

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author avatar Denise O
5th Aug 2012 (#)

I am sorry to hear you will be taking a break but, I do understand, we will just be missing your great writing. Take some time hon, we all need it now and then. Thank you for your very kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
5th Aug 2012 (#)

You stepped out of your comfort zone of poetry and ventured into cooking and recipes. The end result looks good and mouthwatering. No wonder you got a star. Good going.

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author avatar Denise O
5th Aug 2012 (#)

My friend, this message just makes me laugh, I have only 'attempted' to write 3 poems in my life, if you can call them that but, I just might spring up one every now and then. actually cooking and dog articles are my comfort zone. Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
5th Aug 2012 (#)

This could be a very healthy stuff during this month of Ramadan ! Thank you Denise.

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author avatar Denise O
5th Aug 2012 (#)

Yes my friend and please excuse me if I am not saying this right but, Happy Ramadan. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar ladym33
6th Aug 2012 (#)

Sounds and looks yummy.

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author avatar Denise O
8th Aug 2012 (#)

Thank you Ladym for your kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
8th Aug 2012 (#)

Denise: You deserve all the help you can get with washing dishes; in fact, I think you should put your feet up after the meal and let whoever sat a your table clean up the dishes, etc. Wonderful recipe and pictures, Denise.

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author avatar Denise O
8th Aug 2012 (#)

LOL I did! Thank you hon for your kind words. It is just a simple recipe that only the lack of a imagination can stop you from coming up with different versions. I know you must be having a wonderful time having your grandson with you. God bless you both. As always my friend, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar SunnyJasrotia
9th Aug 2012 (#)

Its delicious...Bt I am veggie..bt those who eats non-veg will definitely like this...Thanks you for the receipe...Smile..

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author avatar Denise O
9th Aug 2012 (#)

Sunny, I see no reason why you can't make it vegetarian, just take out the meat, add vegetable stock and some 'smoked' paprika, I do this trick all the time. You will see I do also make vegetarian recipes, I just had a great deal on some chicken. Thank you for your kind words and as always, for stopping by.:)

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