This recipe for Rice O’Brien is one that I got from the most wonderful friend and neighbor, Caryline. It’s something she serves regularly for her Sunday Dinners after church. Friends and family request it, but I had never heard of Rice O’Brien Apparently, I don’t travel in the same circles that she does. When I asked about the recipe, she explained how it was made, and that it can be made from freshly cooked or leftover white rice. I often have leftover white rice, so I made a note of the recipe. This recipe can also be made with cooked brown rice.
I previously posted a recipe for Lima Bean Rice O’Brien during my 30 days of beans. In that recipe, I cooked the rice in the leftover Lima bean cooking liquid, or broth. To add extra flavor in the absence of bean broth, the rice can be cooked in broth or bouillon. In fact, my neighbor recommends cooking the rice for this dish in broth. If you use bouillon, you may want to eliminate the salt from the recipe.
The entire process is very simple.
The olives and the optional pimentos (if you’re using them) are then stirred in and allowed to heat through. I didn’t have any pimentos for this batch. This was a shame, because the red really makes it look so much prettier. This can also be made with red or yellow bell peppers instead of green.
Once this step is completed, it’s ready to serve. This is a delicious and simple side dish that goes well with whatever type of meat you’re serving. For a complete meal, some precooked, and chopped meat can be stirred into the pan along with the rice. I often toss leftover meat, chopped into bite sized pieces, into leftover rice O’Brien to take to work for lunch.
Here’s the printable recipe. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
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- 2 cups cooked rice (White or Brown)
- ¼ cup butter (or coconut oil)
- ½ teaspoon salt (optional)
- ½ cup chopped bell pepper
- ½ cup sliced green onions
- ½ cup sliced black olives
- ¼ cup diced pimentos (optional)
- Melt butter in deep skillet.
- Add bell peppers, and saute until they are becoming tender.
- Add sliced green onions, and saute for 1-2 more minutes.
- Add sliced olives and saute for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
- Add cooked rice and stir fry until rice is heated through, the vegetables are well incorporated, and the rice is well coated with the butter mixture.
- Serve as a side to your favorite meat entree, or eat as a stand alone dish.