FFWD – Creamy, Cheesy, Garlicky Rice with Spinach

A closer view of the rice.

Comfort food is usually associated with cold winter days. Casseroles and stews, carbohydrate-rich for warmth, protein-laden for energy, meant for eating in a warm, bright room that keeps the cold and dark out. This week’s French Fridays recipe would be perfect for that sort of meal. But, it was also surprisingly good as a late summer main dish alongside some beans from the garden.

I made Dorie’s bonne idée version of the recipe, first cooking the rice as directed, then stuffing it into peppers for a nice, long stint in the oven.

A red pepper stuffed with the rice, accompanied by green beans.

The rice itself is reminiscent of risotto, though Dorie is quick to tell us that it is really a faux version. It’s certainly creamy enough to pass for risotto (even though I used 2% milk in place of cream) and it doesn’t suffer from the blandness that sometimes plagues true risottos. I don’t really need to describe the flavour to you – the title of the recipe takes care of that. I will tell you that the sweetness of bell peppers suits this rice very well.

I made a full batch, but only made a half batch of the stuffed peppers. I think we’ll have the leftovers with a little fish tomorrow night. I’ve got more beans, some cucumbers and some beets, too. I think it will make as nice a summer side dish as it did a main.

Rice, studded with pieces of spinach, in a small bowl atop a plate with red decorations,

You can find many other blogged descriptions of this week’s FFWD recipe here: Creamy, Cheesy, Garlicky Rice with Spinach I’ve also just had my 100th post and am doing a little giveaway to celebrate.

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31 thoughts on “FFWD – Creamy, Cheesy, Garlicky Rice with Spinach

  1. I agree with your assessment that the title of this dish (while long) kind of says it all. Creamy cheesy garlicky kind of sums it up right there, and who wouldn’t like that?

    We enjoyed this one as well, though I didn’t go the stuffed peppers route because my husband will not eat peppers. Oh well, he eats most everything else so I can’t hold it against him.

    1. I think if he eats most everything else, you’re doing well! We all have our limits with food, i guess. I enjoyed the peppers a lot and am looking forward to the leftover rice for tonight’s dinner!

    1. Thanks so much. The beans are very special – they’re from seeds saved by my great-aunt in Manitoba. The whole extended family grows them; they’re really good.

  2. Yup, this one is perfectly named. I did the opposite of you. Ate it first as a side with fish and stuffed the leftovers into peppers the next night. I loved it both ways. Are those homegrown beans from your garden? They looks great.

    1. The beans are homegrown – they’re a favourite of my whole family. Sounds like you had a good run with your rice. I think almost everyone liked this week’s recipe, too.

  3. As always, your dish looks terrific. I kind of hoped to go the pepper route with some of mine, but didn’t get there. Your red peppers stuffed with the spinach and rice look so festive! Your next meal sounds great too!

  4. I’m guessing your veges are coming from your garden. The beans look great. Your rice is perfect and in that slow roasted red pepper….well it looks like a dish I could eat over and over. I don’t think I’ve read a bad review for this rice, so it will go into my “make for company” file…I think everybody likes it.

    1. The beans are from my garden, but the peppers were from the store. I tried planting a pepper plant, but it’s not going to produce anything. The poor little thing is barely hanging on!

  5. Hi – I’m finally back though I have been following along behind the scenes :-). I loved the method, both of cooking the rice and the add-in’s. Great “warm-up” as you say for the comfort food season.

    1. Yes, it looks nice against the rice and the spinach. It’s great to know that you can amp up or dial down the milk fat in this recipe and it still works just as well.

  6. Everyone liked this rice dish, and let me tell you, it tasted excellent with beets! Your stuffed peppers also look so vibrant and tempting, I must try this next time I make the rice.

  7. Your photos are so pretty, Teresa. I love the one with the red pepper and green beans – such a lovely contrast in colors. This is definitely a new comfort food for me and it was wonderful as leftovers.

  8. This was a wonderful dish! Your rice looks great…love the photo with the red pepper…Just gorgeous! I’ve been getting a large volume of green beens from my garden…and they are so yummy…freshly picked!

  9. This dish looks so beautiful and my stomach rumbles is rumbling! Your photos look gorgeous and make me want to run out and buy the ingredients to make this!

  10. As you saw, we loved the flavors too, even if we put our own twist on it. Despite my love of bell peppers, didn’t think about using it to stuff them unitl I’d seen everyother Dorista take that option. Yours look great!

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