Thursday, July 24, 2014

BBQ Smoked Sausage with Rice

Akita Komachi Rice: 
One of the two japonica rice varieties favored by the Japanese for sushi, along with koshihkari. Both types are not limited to cultivation in Japan, and are grown in California and elsewhere.

American Rice:
Technology that has eliminated the human labor factor in rice growing, America is the world’s 12th largest exporter of rice. Arkansas, northern California and Texas are leading growers, with mega farms that use laser technology from scaling the fields to removing broken grains from the milled rice. As opposed to human laborers, fields are seeded by airplane, and harvested by a single combine operator, followed by a tractor alongside it that receives the harvested rice and delivers it to waiting trailers. Most domestic rice grown, 60% is consumed domestically as table rice, in restaurants or into food products, made into beer, rice mixes and pet food. Some is exported as well, California alone exports some 400,000 tons of rice to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan in Asia; Syria, Turkey and Jordan in the Middle East; and throughout the Pacific, South America and Europe.

Asian Rice:
Almost all of the rice we use today originated in Asia, although rice is now grown in most countries.

Bamboo Rice: 
Bamboo rice is short grain rice infused with fresh bamboo juice. It is moist and viscous when cooked, lending itself to sticky rice.

Black Rice or Forbidden Rice
Black in color when raw, deep purple when cooked, black rice was once reserved for the ancient Chinese emperors, earning it the name “forbidden rice.” It has a nutty taste, you can detect chocolate notes and is high in fiber. It is rich in amino acids, vitamins and minerals such as iron, potassium and magnesium. It pairs great with all cuisines and can be enjoyed steamed plain, in a pilaf, stir fried or with salad. It makes a great Thai rice pudding with coconut milk.Unlike other black rice from Asia, “forbidden rice” is not glutinous or rough. Chinese scientific research indicates that black rice is beneficial to the kidneys, spleen, stomach, eyes and blood circulation. 
Research Source: The Nibble 

Rice dishes are easy to cook and economical.

BBQ Smoked Sausage with Rice
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1 cup rice
1 (14 oz.) beef smoked sausage, slice into moon sharp
1 onion, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 cup BBQ sauce (I used hickory and brown sugar BBQ sauce)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Cook rice according to package directions.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat, add onions, salt, pepper and minced garlic. Stirring and cook for 3 minutes.

Add smoked sausage, and BBQ sauce, stirring. Cook about 5 to 10 minutes, until heated through. Serve over rice. Enjoy!




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