Carolina Red Rice

I am no history guru — but I do know Charleston receives much attention for being the starting point of the infamous Rebels and Yankees, Civil War.  But what everyone doesn’t realize is that in the 18 century the city served as a major shipping port for rice, which was cultivated in the surrounding plantations — including Middleton Place, where we said our “I do’s”!  (And that’s how you turn history into food talk, folks!)  But I truly never realized how delicious rice in the Low Country region is until I was introduced to: Carolina Plantation Rice.  Mildly sweet and slightly nutty flavors make this aromatic rice distinctively pleasing to the palate.  

One of the best pieces of advice I will ever give you:  always ensure you have plenty of southern confederates on hand who keep your rice commodities fully stocked — because trust me when I tell you that once you ally with Carolina rice, you will never turn back!  Until then, you can find it  Here (along with some great recipes)! 

  • 1 cup white rice
  • 4 strips of bacon
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1 – 1/2 cup stewed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Tabasco
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • salt and pepper

Cook bacon in sauté pan until browned, but not too crisp.  Remove and drain on paper towel. Add onions and bell pepper to the pan and cook in the bacon grease until soft.  Add tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, Tabasco, salt, pepper.  Add bacon back to the pan with the rice.  Ensure rice is emerged completely in liquid (you may have to add water if not) and bring to a boil.  Once the rice begins to boil cover and turn heat down. Simmer for about 25-30 minutes or until rice is cooked.



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5 responses to “Carolina Red Rice

  1. Marlys

    And I brought you a bag home in my suitcase!

  2. Hmm, yummy! Sadly I will have to use rice that I can get here in Mauritius but will try my best to imagine what your lovely Carolina Plantation Red Rice tastes like.

  3. Anne

    Not only adorable and gifted BUT also married to the famous Grant Lewis – wish I could have been there!!! I have enjoyed sooo many of your fabulous ideas and recipes – I get to school at 6:30 and go to Anne Constance followed immediately by Daily Crave!


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