This rice dish is a family favorite. The simplicity of this Ono Rice side dish is super convenient by combining only 6 ingredients you already have in your pantry and refrigerator! The savory and buttery taste of this rice pairs perfectly with chicken, salmon, roast, steak and even a Mexican or Asian meal!
This is by far my favorite rice recipe. This little gem of a recipe came from my aunt Sondra in Tennessee. I'm originally from Tennessee, but I moved to Arizona about 14 years ago. At the time, my mom and dad were still living in Tennessee, but after I had my son my parents packed their bags and moved to Arizona. My dad and I make a conscious effort to go back to Tennessee at least once a year and visit friends and family. Dad and I typically travel together, but one spring I was not able to go with him, so he headed to Tennessee without me and stayed with his brother and my aunt. I will never forget the phone call I received that night from my dad.
Daddy went on and on about this rice dish my aunt paired with a pot roast. He told me she calls this dish Ono Rice. My dad went on to tell me my aunt has been making Ono Rice since before I was born and asked me if I remembered her recipe. After racking my brain, I could not remember her ever making this recipe when I was growing up and I stayed at aunt Sondra's house a lot when I was a little girl. But the recipe my dad described sounded so amazing, so now I wanted to try the Ono Rice! So what did my dad go and do? He brought me home the recipe from my Aunt Sondra!
That was a year ago. My dad is in Tennessee right now visiting and he posted a picture on Facebook with my Aunt Sondra and something triggered in my mind. At that exact moment I was making my Southern Style Pot Roast when I was scrolling through Facebook and saw this picture of my dad and aunt Sondra. When I saw that picture, I remembered the Ono Rice recipe and decided that I was going to make her Ono Rice to pair with my roast!
And it was beyond delicious! The key ingredient that makes this rice stand out is the Tabasco sauce. Yep, you read that right...Tabasco sauce. I typically would never think to put Tabasco sauce in a rice dish but it gives this dish that extra "pop" in flavor. When you combine the rice with the butter, chopped onions, bay leaf and chicken broth, the texture of this rice becomes super velvety. The taste is so savory and reminds me of the home cooked meals my mom used to make when I was growing up.
Ya'll, this Ono Rice dish is gluten free and you're going to love it because it is easy to make and pairs so well with so many things! Happy pairing and happy eats on this recipe!
- Melt margarine or butter in saucepan.
- Sauté onion in margarine until clear.
- Add rice and stir for 1-2 minutes until well covered.
- Add all other ingredients and bring to a boil.
- Cover pan and reduce heat to low and cook for 20 to 30 minutes or until done. All fluids should be gone and you should be able to fluff the rice with a fork.