Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Savory Pork and Vegetable Rice: Single Skillet Weeknight Meal or Sophisticated Side Dish

Savory Pork and Vegetable Rice: Single Skillet Weeknight Meal or Sophisticated Side Dish

What I love about this mixture of rice, vegetables and meat is it can be served as a nutritious single skillet weeknight meal or as a sophisticated side for guests.

I can also see this healthy rice mixture at home as a stuffing for bell peppers.

And of course it's hard not to like a dish that only requires a single skillet to be cleaned afterwards!

How to Make Savory Pork and Vegetable Rice

This single skillet recipe is a variation of the Spicy Sausage Rice from Gordon Ramsay's Home Cooking cookbook. I've been working my way through his recipes since I received his latest cookbook for my birthday in August. So far they've been excellent.

I usually follow a new recipe as written but for this one I had to diverge from the original because it calls for sausages. They tend to make my wife's stomach do unpleasant things so they've been banished from our family meals.

And that's OK considering the ground meat used in sausages typically has more fat than the lean ground pork I used as a substitute.


To make the pork taste similar to an Italian sausage, I flavored it with crushed fennel seed, dried oregano, garlic and red pepper flakes.


White wine adds another dimension to this dish. I was a more generous with it than the recipe requires!

Savory Pork and Vegetable Rice: Single Skillet Weeknight Meal or Sophisticated Side Dish

Diced red bell pepper provides added color and chopped flat leaf parsley along with sliced cherry tomatoes deliver a fresh garden flavor that partners well with the white wine.

I made this versatile dish as a weeknight meal and surrounded it with steamed broccoli. With mellow jazz influenced tunes playing in the background the cooking experience felt gourmet.

Thankfully the clean-up afterwards didn't.  
Savory Pork and Vegetable Rice

A flavorful single skillet pork and vegetable rice dish

Savory Pork and Vegetable Rice: Single Skillet Weeknight Meal or Sophisticated Side Dish

Recipe Inspiration:  Spicy Sausage Rice from Gordon Ramsay
Makes: 4 Servings
Time to prepare: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • Lean ground pork (150 g / 5 oz)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ tsp crushed fennel seed
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • big pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  •   cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 6 cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, chopped
In a large deep skillet, heat oil over medium heat.

Add onion and cook until it begins to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the peppers and pork. Season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir until pork is browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, fennel, oregano and red pepper flakes. Cook and stir for 1 minute.

Stir in rice. Pour in wine and scrape the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spoon to scrape up any brown bits. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until liquid is almost entirely absorbed, about 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and gently fold in tomatoes and parsley.

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