Twice Cooked Rice with Spring Vegetables & Manchego
Seasonal vegetables sauteed together with pre-cooked rice, fresh sliced chives and imported Manchego.
I was fortunate to have been generously given a small block of imported Manchego cheese the other day from our local (and absolutely incredible) cheese shop, Wasik's in Wellesley. After spending a solid amount of time in there choosing cheeses and spreads to put into thank you baskets for people at work, I couldn't stop thinking about the locally made crackers topped with that perfect Manchego cheese. Imported from Spain, Manchego cheese is great crumbled, sliced or shredded and has a light yet slightly nutty flavor perfect for just about any dish.
Since it's spring and the herbs are coming in like wildflowers, I thought it would be best to pick up some fresh chives to throw on my toasted rye bread with cream cheese. Little did I know just how good chives could be in this dish - and paired with this particular cheese!
I took a small crumble of the cheese and wrapped a little chive around it, popped it in my mouth, and I was blown away! It gave an almost smokey flavor to the cheese and immediately I knew it would be perfect for the rice dish!
It was so easy to make too - while the rice cooks in water, chop and saute your vegetables. Once the rice is finished, add the rice into the pan to crisp up a bit.
Grate the cheese, chop the chives, add them in, stir it up and bam! A perfect spring side dish for just about any meal.
- 2 c cooked brown rice
- 6 asparagus spears, cleaned and ends cut off then cut into 2 inch pieces
- 6 baby bella mushrooms, sliced then chopped into smaller pieces
- 1/2 c shredded manchego cheese
- fresh chopped chives - I used about a 1/4 c - sliced into 4 inch pieces
- salt & pepper if needed
- In a large pan, heat some olive oil then add asparagus and shrooms. Let that cook down, stirring occasionally, for about 5-8 minutes.
- Add in the brown rice and press the rice down to create a pancake of rice. Let the bottom layer sizzle a little to brown it up then start to stir occasionally for another 5 minutes.
- Add in the chives and cheese, stir to combine, then cover for 2 minutes to steam.
- Add salt and pepper if needed then serve!
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