Pineapple is not the type of ingredient you will find in a traditional trini pot cooking away with rice. Let alone pineapple, bacon and rice. But, by expanding my cuisine/ cooking/ taste horizons through the past few years, I have learnt to embrace the many subtle, bold, exciting and curious ingredient combinations that there are into my schema. Hmm! Sounded like I was still in University lol!! Piaget anyone ? 🙂
In all the lovely food chaos I was into, there were dishes that truly worked my taste buds, taking them for a ride. And , there were those dishes that I wouldn't even imagine touching with a five foot fork. But, those are still foreign tastes that I may stomach and try when I'm feeling adventurous.....but may still vomit hahaha .....For a good example what I'm talking about google balut .....Philippines here I come lol 🙂
Anyhow, we have a marriage of tastes for you today in this pineapple, bacon and rice recipe. I really like this combination.....Maybe it's the deeply ingrained taste associated with eating a Mario's Pizza with pepperoni and pineapple back in the 80's or it could be that I did a pineapple and sausage skewers appetizer many moons ago that reminded me of such a wonderful taste the salty smoked meat had with the fruity sweet of the pineapple.
Nevertheless, the taste memory is there and to my trini tongue it is all good. To other tongues it may be an acquired taste but you'll get it, eventually. In the mean time here's pineapple, bacon and rice, enjoy.
PINEAPPLE, BACON AND RICE
1 cup uncooked rice
2 cups fresh or frozen green beans or pigeon peas
1 cup pineapple chunks
1 onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoon oil
½ teaspoon each fine leaf thyme, parsley, chadon beni
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed
1 ½ cup bacon or meat of choice, chopped
salt to taste
Note: You can use any meat of choice like ham, bacon, turkey or even leftovers.
red pepper flakes) mix well. Adjust salt to taste. Serve hot with a side of fresh green salad if you like.
Pineapple, Bacon and Rice
- 1 cup uncooked rice
- 2 cups fresh or frozen green beans or pigeon peas
- 1 cup pineapple chunks
- 1 onion minced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoon oil
- ½ teaspoon each fine leaf thyme parsley, chadon beni
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes crushed
- 1 ½ cup bacon or meat of choice chopped
- salt to taste
- Boil rice, drain and set aside.
- Boil the peas until tender. Drain and set aside.
- Chop the pineapple
- Chop the meat and set aside.
- Note: You can use any meat of choice like ham, bacon, turkey or even leftovers.
- Saute the onion and garlic.
- Then add the meat of choice and the peas. Stir for 1 minute.
- Add the pineapple. Stir.
- Add the rice and seasonings (fine leaf thyme, parsley, chadon beni
- red pepper flakes) mix well. Adjust salt to taste.
- Serve hot with a side of fresh green salad if you like.
Well that's it for this fine pineapple, bacon and rice recipe.
Ah gone 🙂
Great Trini food love it !!!!
I tried it using peas & carrots but tasty all the same ☺
This is a must try omg I love the idea ...
Hi Felix, I have been following you for years. I enjoy reading your recipes and stories. This recipe sounds very delicious but I am curious about the rice. What type of rice is this to be able to boil and drain?. How long is it boiled for? Is the rice cooked partially and then finished off with the other ingredients? I'm used to cooking rice until all the water has been absorbed by the rice, so I didn't want to try it and end up with an interesting pudding, but then again that IS how we learn right?. ?
The type of rice used is parboiled rice. When we boil this type of rice, I like it soft but not to the point of melting. You know like the consistency of fried rice. So the rice is cooked for about 15 - 18 minutes. Also, we don't allow the water to fully evaporate. We just boil, test consistency, then drain. Hope this helps. And, no you won't get rice pudding 🙂
I must try dis indeed & I'm a rice lover. I love making different rice recipes
Tried this one for my family during the week. It was a hit! Keep up the great job and fantastic easy to follow recipes.
Thank you Melanie 🙂
I will surely be making this rice dish for my birthday. Please send me more recipes for my birthday luncb. You are the best
I an definitely going to try this recipe..looks delicious!!! However, the list of ingredients included pepper flakes, thyme, chadon beni and parsley. But the cooking directions doesnt say where or when it was added. Was that an error in the ingredients list?
Sherry-Ann I would like to thank you for alerting me to that typo. It means that I would have less editing to do when I plan to publish the Recipe Book in the future. I fixed it so you should have no problem doing the recipe now. Please leave a comment again if you see any more errors. Most grateful 🙂