Do you need a fancy recipe for date night? A romantic dinner for two? Are your in-laws or boss coming over for dinner, and you need to impress? Periodically, Champagne Tastes will be featuring ‘Gourmet’ recipes. These will still be budget friendly and relatively simple, but will help you confidently serve a gourmet meal without hiring a chef.
Awhile back, I found myself staring at a restaurant menu, asking the husband, “What in the world is Forbidden Rice? Also, if it’s forbidden, how are they allowed to sell it?” (If you want to leave now, before the puns get worse, I totally understand). I didn’t try it that day, but a few days later, while walking through Jungle Jim’s, I saw it again. And no worries, even though it was marked “forbidden” rice, they didn’t confiscate it at the cash register. I did, in fact, make it home with this odd little grain. I even successfully cooked the contraband rice, without any strange rice regulators banging through my front door. I later learned that this nutty, gluten-free grain is not only delicious, it’s also definitely NOT forbidden. (I’m just kidding guys, I totally knew that right away). This recipe for Forbidden Rice with Mushrooms is easy to make, delicious, and will impress all your guests (because, you know, they’ll be wondering how you got the off-limits rice).