Wednesday, August 13, 2008


These two recipes were given to me by a friend and we REALLY enjoyed them. The first is for Sweet Pork cooked in the crock pot so it's super easy

5-7 lb pork loin or pork sirloin roast
3 - 8 oz cans tomato sauce
2 - 8 oz cans El Pato (this stuff is E's fave Mexican Hot Sauce you can't always find it some places SORRY mom and dad! But it's available everywhere in Arizona)
2 cups brown sugar
1 c water

Mix all ingredients except pork together and pour over meat in crock pot. Cook on low for 8-10 hours. Shred the meat and serve with sauce.

So delish! Great for using in salads, on quesadillas, by itself. Just yummy!

Now the second recipe was a sleeper hit. It is for Lime Cilantro Rice and I should have known we would like it because my husband lists rice as his favourite food and would quite happily eat it as often as I want to cook it. He loves my mom's rice dressing at thanksgiving and this is almost a kicked up mexican version of that.
Needless to say our rice cooker gets quite the parents bought it for E as a birthday present about 6 years ago and it is his fave kitchen appliance.

This recipe can be made in a rice cooker(that's what we did) or following the directions on your rice. There was a little chopping and prep involved but if you had your mise en place done it would be a super quick recipe. If you are in the mood for something a little more flavorful than plain rice totally give this a try!

Cilantro Lime Rice

4 cups white rice (I used jasmine because that's all we really keep on hand)
1 cube butter (I used about a tablespoon)
1 c chopped celery
1 medium onion diced
1 bunch cilantro chopped
zest and juice of 2 limes
4 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon salt (I would adjust this based on how salty my chicken stock was)

Melt butter and all all of the remaining ingredients. Cook according to the rice package. If using a rice cooker, use 1 cup rice to 1 1/2 c liquid.

Some notes:

  • My husband will say "Make sure you wash your rice!!!" and I have gotten into the habit of doing that since we got married. Wash your rice in a bowl (we just do it in the rice cooker insert) until the water runs clear and a handful of rice will not stay together when you compress it in your hand.
  • A microplane grater (Thanks MJ!) works really well with the lime zest. I think it's important for this recipe to have the zest be fine and well distributed.
  • Watch out for any seeds in your limes...not pleasant.
  • Remind me to plant Cilantro next year. I swear I am forever buying it fresh!

1 comment:

Kimmy said...

mmmmm, those both look yummy.