2017 August

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Lemon & Herb Rice Stuffed Tomatoes by ‘Stirmaker’ Christine

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This is one of those simple recipes that is all about letting the ingredients shine. Fresh tomatoes, basil, flaky parmesan reggiano cheese (the real stuff, not that powdery tasteless nonsense), herby rice and breadcrumb goodness! I kind of thought this recipe up in my head when I was trying to think of something creative to do with our tomatoes from the garden. Yes, we still have a few left! This recipe is like stuffed peppers, but better. More….French. There are tons of variations you could do too. You could add spicy Italian sausage if you are a meat-lover, or sub feta cheese and give it a Greek flare. Goat cheese would be yummy too! The options are endless! I love using Della’s new Basmati with Lemon & Herbs because already adds so much flavor to the dish with out the added prep or ingredients!

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It’s hard to really put this dish into a category. It can easily be an appetizer, side, or main meal (I’d  say 2-3 tomatoes = a good dinner)! You could even have it for breakfast with a nice fried egg on the side. Yummy! Now go make them soon before tomato season has come and gone 😉

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INGREDIENTS:

1 C Della Basmati with Lemon & Herbs

6 beefsteak, vine, or heirloom tomatoes

1-2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

¼ C yellow onion, finely chopped

2-3 C panko breadcrumbs

½ C parmesan reggiano cheese

½ C of store bought or homemade marinara sauce

Salt + Pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cook Della rice as directed
  2. Cut the tops off the tomatoes. Carefully scoop out the flesh and seeds using a small spoon. Season the hulled tomatoes with salt and pepper.
  3. In a medium sauce pan add garlic and onion. Cook until translucent, about 3 min. Add cooked rice, removed tomato flesh/and or fresh tomato sauce, cook rice, parm cheese
  4. Stuff tomatoes with rice mixture, sprinkle with bread crumbs and place on an oven sheet or pyrex
  5. Bake at 425 for 8-10 min or until top is golden and cheese is melted. Enjoy!

Herbed Rice Stuffed Tomatoes | Della Rice

 

 

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Slow Cooker Summer Wild Rice Corn Chowder by ‘Stirmaker’ Cathy

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The end of the summer is always so bittersweet. Luckily it’s also a time when some of my favorite fruits and vegetables are at their peak. I always look forward to August because I have bounty of summer vegetables to enjoy. Corn is by far one of the most underrated of the bunch. It is so sweet and full of flavor at this time of year. For this recipe, I wanted to give corn the spotlight for once and created this delicious end-of-the-summer Wild Rice Corn Chowder centered around one of my favorite vegetables. Yum!

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I don’t make a lot of soups in the summer. Hot soup on a hot summer day just doesn’t make a lot of sense. But as the days get shorter, and the rainy afternoons become more regular here in Tennessee, I start to crave something cozy. Enter this soup! It is full of roughly chopped vegetables, earthy wild rice, fresh sweet corn, and BACON (don’t forget the bacon!). It’s creamy, nutty, salty, and delicious!

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Slow Cooker Summer Corn Chowder | Yields 8 Servings 

INGREDIENTS

½ C Della Basmati & Wild Rice, cook as directed

2 C of fresh corn, cooked and cut off the cob (about 3 ears, you may also sub frozen or canned corn)

3-4 medium red potatoes, cubed into bite-size pieces

5-6 slices of bacon, cooked and diced

½ C carrots, diced

1 Medium yellow onion, diced

4 gloves of garlic, diced

3 Ribs of Celery, diced

5 C Chicken Stock

Salt + Pepper, to taste

½ tsp smoked paprika

½ C heavy cream, or half and half

Garnish: chives, shredded cheddar cheese

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DIRECTIONS

1.  If you are using fresh corn– Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Remove the husk, brush with butter and wrap in foil, repeat with all 3 ears. Place the corn in the center rack and cook for about 40 min.

2. While the corn is cooking, chop the vegetables, and fry the bacon. Allow for the bacon to cool, chop, place in a container and refrigerate (it will be added in later)

3. Place all the vegetables– potatoes, carrots, onion, garlic, celery, and cooked corn, in the crock pot. Add the chicken broth. Season with salt & pepper and paprika.

4. Cook on low for 7-8 hours

5. In the last 30 min–Add the cooked Della rice, bacon, and cream to the crock pot. Stir to incorporate. Cook until warmed through. Ladle into a bowl and top with additional bacon bits, cheddar cheese, chives, and freshly cracked pepper. YUM!

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Summer Corn Chowder | Della Rice

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Hawaiian Tuna Poke Rice Bowl by ‘Stirmaker’ Christine

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I guess you know something is really trendy when you see it popping up literally everywhere! I first had Tuna Poke in a sushi style hand roll, wrapped in nori, aka seaweed, when I worked at a sushi restaurant in Boulder, CO. I thought it was delicious, but had no idea of it’s history and Hawaiian heritage back then. Fast forward to now and it seems to be the dish of the summer! I am not only seeing it on restaurant menus but am seeing entire establishments devoted to this raw cubed fish sensation. So I decided to try my hand at making this popular dish at home. I think the key is to find the freshest fist you can (I got mine at Whole Foods), use delicious raw vegetables for crunch and a nice mixture of sauces to enhance the flavor.

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Poke literally means “to slice or cut” in Hawaiian and refers to chunks of raw, marinated fish which is then tossed over rice and topped with vegetables and umami-packed sauces. In Hawaii it is so popular you find it at gas stations and roadside street stands.

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Tuna Poke Rice Bowl

What you’ll need…

  • Della Basmati & Quinoa, cooked
  • 1 lb sashimi grade Ahi tuna steaks, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • ¼ red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ C scallion (green onion), chopped
  • ¼ C cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh ginger
  • 3 T soy sauce
  • 1 T sesame oil
  • 1 T rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 T sesame seeds
  • Edamame beans, shelled
  • Radish, slices
  • ½ Avocado, sliced
  • ¼ yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • Garnish: with a squeeze of lime

 

How to make…

  1. Cook Della Basmati & Quinoa as instructed
  2. Rinse and pat the ahi tuna dry, then neatly cut into small ½ inch cubes.
  3. In a large bowl add: 3 T soy sauce, 1 T rice wine vinegar, 1 T sesame oil, 1 tsp honey,1 T sesame seed, ahi tuna, ½ C scallions, ¼ C cilantro, 1 tsp chopped fresh ginger, ¼ thinly sliced red onion. Gently toss until combined.
  4. Next create your rice bowl– The base of the bowl is Della rice, next add the tuna poke mixture, radish slices, sliced avocado, yellow pepper, and garnish with a squeeze of lime. Serve immediately, or slightly chilled.

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Grilled Vegetables and Sausages Over Rice with Spicy Peanut Sauce by “Stirmaker” Kate

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Grilled vegetables and sausages over rice with spicy peanut sauce has quickly become one of my favorite recipes to make in the summer. In addition to being delicious and packed with flavor, it’s really easy. Basically in the time it takes to cook the rice (which is only 20 minutes), you can get the rest of the ingredients prepped and grilled. And since nearly all of the cooking happens out on the grill, the kitchen stays cool. That checks the boxes on all of my criteria for a great summer recipe: delicious, easy, fast, and keeps the kitchen/me cool!

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Grilled Vegetables and Sausages Over Rice with Spicy Peanut Sauce

By Kate Rogers of Tasty Seasons

INGREDIENTS

Grilled vegetables and sausages with rice

1 cup uncooked Della Basmati White Rice

1 ½ tablespoons sriracha

1 ½ tablespoons extra light olive oil

2 yellow onions, thickly sliced in rings and kept together (don’t separate the rings)

2 medium-large heads of broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces

4 hot Italian (turkey) sausages

 Spicy peanut sauce

2 tablespoons peanut butter

1 – 2 tablespoons sriracha

2 tablespoons water

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DIRECTIONS

Spicy peanut sauce

  1. Combine peanut butter, 1 tablespoon of sriracha, and 2 tablespoons of water in a small bowl. Taste sauce and add more sriracha if desired. Set sauce aside.

 Grilled vegetables and sausages with rice

  1. Cook the rice according to package directions.
  2. Preheat the grill so that you have a medium-hot fire (350 – 375° F) with direct and indirect heat zones.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the 1 ½ tablespoons sriracha and 1 ½ tablespoons oil. Have a grill basket handy. Coat both sides of the onion slices with the sriracha/oil mixture; set in the grill basket in a single layer. In a large mixing bowl, toss the broccoli with the remaining sriracha/oil mixture. Transfer the broccoli to the grill basket and spread it out in an even layer.
  4. Set the grill basket on the grill in the indirect heat zone. Cook the vegetables for 10 minutes, turning the vegetables over halfway through, before adding the sausages over direct heat. Every 4 – 5 minutes, turn the sausages and flip the veggies around a bit in the basket so that the same ones aren’t on the bottom the whole time. Depending on how your heat is set up, you may want to rotate the grill basket periodically too. Cook everything for about 12 – 16 minutes, until the sausages are cooked through (165° F for turkey). Once the sausages are done, take them off the grill and move the grill basket over direct heat to finish cooking for the last few minutes (about 5 minutes). The veggies are done when they are crisp tender and have some brown (but hopefully no black) spots.
  5. To serve, divide rice and sausages among 4 plates. Add broccoli and onions (you may have extra vegetables). Serve, passing spicy peanut sauce at the table (you may need to add a teaspoon of water to the sauce to thin it out if it thickened while standing).

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