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Mexican Rice Pilaf
May 01, 2007

It's hard to give five stars to a side dish. Why? Well, because it's a side dish--not the main event. No so with this one. Truly great side dishes seem rare. I will absolutely remember this one as long as I'm able to cook. I served it with Spinach Enchiladas, available at allrecipes, but it is so versatile that it would work with so many dishes. I used a full can of veggie broth and the rice could still have been a little more moist. Don't be afraid to use the jalapeno pepper. Amazingly, with the pepper, chili powder (I used Mexian chili powder) and cumin, this recipe only offers a little zip. It's not spicy HOT, like one might expect. There are so many elements that make this recipe great but the cheese really makes it pop. Don't leave it out. It provides just the right finishing touch. My somewhat picky adult son said this one was amazing! Victory!

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