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“Side Dish Seminar, Pt. XI: Risi Bisi—Italian Rice Dish that is a Beautiful Classic if ever there was One”

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Elemental News of the Day Commentary-Opinion-Sports-Foodservice for Friday, July 01, 2011 by Chef Brian Carrick


 Side Dish Seminar, Pt. XI: Risi Bisi—Italian Rice Dish that is a Beautiful Classic if ever there was One”

Bakersfield, CA, 07-01-2011 F: Today’s recipe is going to be a quick one as we are having a board of directors meeting later today and this one has to be knocked out as quickly as possible.  I realize that this is my blog and that everyone likes to hear from me but today, I have to rush this one up as quickly as I can so I can get everything ready to chair the meeting.  The Elemental News of the Day is doing very well right now, advertising income is going up each and every day and new readers abound.  Be sure to tell your friends, family, and neighbors about the quality material you find here at the pages of the END.  Remember, too, that December 21, 2012 continues to draw ever closer as our count-down demonstrates and will be here before you know it.  Take precautions, my friends, don’t be left holding the bag!

Today’s dish is a classic Italian rice pilaf dish called “Risi Bisi,” a pilaf with green peas incorporated for both looks and taste. I developed one after having some for dinner one night at a famed Italian restaurant in Los Angeles, Little Joe’s, decades ago.  This is a guaranteed hit and you will find it marvelous paired with chicken, pork, and veal dishes. Let’s begin:


1. To serve four.

Chicken broth

Fine-diced celery

Button mushrooms, sliced

Freshly minced parsley

Bay leaf

Sweet basil



Olive oil

Melted butter

Long-grained white rice (Jasmine)

Coil fideo (vermicelli) crumbled by hand

Kosher salt

White pepper

Melted butter

Cooked peas (cooked in salted water and placed in ice water)
Diced pimientos

Crushed garlic


1.      Combine the first NINE ingredients listed, beginning with the stock and ending with the oregano, into a small saucepan; set aside. Preheat standard oven to 375°F or a convection oven to 325°F.

2.      In the bottom of a heavy-duty saucepot equipped with a tight-fitting lid, combine olive oil and butter over medium heat.  Add the fideo (vermicelli) and cook, stirring frequently, until golden-brown.  Stir in the rice and sauté, stirring frequently, until a solid white (opaque) in color.  Season to taste with the salt and white pepper.  Turn the heat up under the FIRST pot and bring it to a boil.

3.      When the stock is boiling, raise the heat on the rice pot to medium-high and pour in the liquid taking care to stand back so as to avoid the onrushing hot steam.  Allow it to bubble for a minute or so, stirring frequently, and then clamp on the lid and place on the middle oven rack of your preheated oven and cook for 20-25 minutes or until the rice has absorbed the liquid.

4.      When the rice is cooked, remove it from the oven and fluff with a fork.  Leave the lid atop it at a skew so the steam can escape.  Meanwhile, in a sauté pan, heat the last measure of butter over a medium flame.  Sauté the cooked peas and pimientos together and season with the garlic.  When done, fluff this mixture into the cooked rice and prepare to serve as it’s now ready.

5.      Note: Risi Bisi can be made ahead of time and reheated in the microwave for good effect as well as saving time for the busy host or hostess. This is a classic dish that goes well with Mediterranean-style dishes such as lamb shanks or Osso Buco. There are many uses for dishes such as this and you will be sure to find them. Enjoy!

That’s it for this time. Thanks for reading our recipes and enjoy! We will be back tomorrow as always. Have a great day and thanks for supporting the Elemental News of the Day. Without your help, we couldn’t do it. Thank you!

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Thank you!


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This is me back in the 1980's when I was the sous chef of a large foodservice operation in Bakersfield, CA. I began my cooking career in the 1960's when I apprenticed underneath a great chef.


END Commentary for Friday, July 01, 2011 by Chef Stinkbug

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This original essay was authored by the one-and-only Chef Stinkbug.

Carrick, Brian. “Stuffed Potatoes, Italian Rice Recipes create tasty Accompaniments.”  The Bakersfield Californian. 21-August-1987: Food, E25.



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This is a shot of drummer Brian Carrick of the Magnolia Hilltop Brewers at Taft, California, on 09-15-1978.

This is another shot of Brian Carrick at Taft, California, during an appearance by the MHB. They were always popular in the western part of Kern County, California.

This is a shot of lead guitarist and vocalist, Randall Kyles, onstage in Delano or McFarland, California, on 12-03-1976.

This is a shot of Randall Kyles doing the stomp at McFarland on 12-18-1976 onstage. The Stomp was a popular dance back in the 1970's.

    This is a shot of bassist/vocalist Victor Gaona onstage at Lake Isabella, California, on 10-06-1978.

This is a photo of Victor Gaona onstage on 10-15-1976 somewhere in Kern County, California. Vic was always a very impassioned performer.

This is a shot of Victor Gaona at Shamrock on 10-16-1976 relaxing on the sofa prior to a rehearsal of the Magnolia Hilltop Brewers. Vic was the driving force of the band.

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