Enjoying Shrimp and Creamy Spinach Feta Rice – thanks to Miss Arkansas Rice (and my mom)!
Last week’s new recipe came from Miss Arkansas Rice (via an article forwarded to me by my parents, who live in Arkansas).
Sponsored by the Arkansas Rice Council, Arkansas Farm Bureau and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, the purpose of the Miss Arkansas Rice program is to “encourage interest in rice cookery and rice promotion among Arkansas youth and to focus public attention on the importance of the rice industry to the state’s economy.”
Arkansas ranks first among the six major rice-producing states and accounts for approximately 48 percent of U.S. rice production.
My mother made the Shrimp and Creamy Spinach Feta Rice recipe created by Emma Jumper, Miss Arkansas Rice 2010-2011, after seeing it in an Arkansas Farm Bureau In the Kitchen article. (Jumper recently passed the crown to Brittney Johnson, Miss Arkansas Rice 2011-2012.)
I love rice (did you know September is National Rice Month?) and have a personal connection to Arkansas but was unfamiliar with Miss Arkansas Rice. However, now that I know a titled dignitary exists solely for the purpose of encouraging rice cookery, I will be keeping close tabs on her good work in the rice community.
The dish was delicious, by the way, and simple to prepare.
Shrimp and Creamy Spinach Feta Rice
Adapted from Miss Arkansas Rice competition, via Arkansas Farm Bureau
(I doubled this recipe to serve 6 as a main dish)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium red bell pepper, julienned
6 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 pound peeled, deveined and cooked medium shrimp
3 cups hot cooked medium or long grain white rice
1 cup crumbled basil and tomato feta cheese
Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add bell pepper and saute 1 minute. Add spinach, salt and pepper; toss until spinach is slightly wilted. Add shrimp; saute an additional 30 seconds. Add hot rice and feta cheese to skillet. Toss all ingredients until heated through and cheese is soft and creamy.