Charleston Red Rice Recipe
A Carolina Low Country tradition, cooked rice is baked with tomato sauce, bacon, and onion to make a savory side dish.
I could not find my mama's recipe, so I used this one as a base. I remembered certain things from her recipe but couldn't remember all, like times, amounts, temps, etc. This recipe did help, but for adding that extra zap, try adding sausage and instead of tomato paste and sauce use ZigZag bloody mary mix. (Those are the only two ingrediants I could remember of my wonderful mom's recipe, passed down from her mother.) It just does something extra to the flavor.
I recently visited Charleston and fell in love with Charleston rice. It was flavorful, light and fluffy...with a hint of spicy goodness. I made this recipe with the additions that some of the other reviewers suggested. The overall taste was ok, but my rice was super mushy and I had a strong taste of tomato paste. I substituted the bacon for a spicy sausage. I did add pepper flakes and more than a couple dashes of hot sauce. I think the next time...I’m going to cook the rice for longer, not use so much tomato paste, or any diced tomatoes, add celery, paprika, fresh parsley and substitute the ?white sugar for brown.
This recipe is authentic, easy and delicious. Red rice can be dry but this is moist every time and the variations are endless. I've added refrigerator odds and ends from chopped bell pepper to leftover oven fried cod pieces. It's forgiving and my husband loves it and wants it once a week. A keeper! Thanks for the recipe.
This recipe is delicious. Reminds me so much of my mom's recipe. The only changes I made was subbing sausage for bacon (personal preference), I doubled the tomato sauce & I added some salt and pepper. I've made this 3 times now and there's never been any left!
Its a good recipe but I like dishes with a bit more kick. I made it a second time with a dash of ground red pepper and a handful of shakes of extra hot hot sauce over the pan. Kicks it up nicely.
This is an excellent recipe! I add celery and cook it along with the onion because it is what my mother, a Charlestonian, always added.
Red rice and sausage is a Charleston favorite. I like to use turkey sausage, another good alternative is Italian sausage.