Spanish Rice – Vintage Recipe (fail!)

The Spanish Stew the other night was a hit.

This Spanish Rice…not so much!  Maybe it would have been tastier if I’d have used green olives instead of black olives.

I know I just said I don’t share nasty recipes, but in the name of “It’s Vintage Recipe Week,” I’m sharing the experience!

If anything…

…this recipe is a hoot!

We’ll just leave it at that!!!

Have a lovely weekend y’all!

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  1. says

    Wow! Love the precise measurements! :) After you ground the meat into meatballs….what should you do with the other ingredients?? haha! :) Thanks for sharing!!! :)

  2. ginger71 says

    IF this recipe is from the 1940’s, THEN “25 cents” worth of rice was about 1 pound of regular long grain rice. The olive amount would have been a regular sized can (12 -14 oz.?).
    Another name for this dish would have been Porcupine Meatballs. It sounds weird, but actually, with a brown gravy for sauce, is not too shabby.
    Just don’t use green olives, please. ick.

  3. ginger71 says

    I should have mentioned that all of the ingredients would have been mixed up together to make porcupine meatballs. sorry.

  4. says

    We make Spanish rice similarly, and it’s a hit here. I don’t make meatballs, just brown the beef. And, I add onions and garlic, as well as tomatoes, to the rice. Sometimes spinach, too. Top with cheese, salsa, sour cream, crushed chips. Basically any taco toppings.

    Sorry that this one didn’t work for your family!

  5. Allie Zirkle says

    This post cracks me up. I’m 29 and grew up in southern California. These ingredients make 2 recipes- Spanish rice & porcupine meatballs.

    Spanish rice- sauté the rice until golden & in a separate skillet, brown the meat. Mix together, add the tomatoes and sliced olives and simmer until rice is cooked through. You’d need to adjust the liquid as I’m not sure there’s enough to cook the rice

    Porcupine meatballs- mix the rice and meat together making 1″ meatballs. Cover in tomatoes and sauce and simmer until cooked through. I can’t picture black olives in that dish. Also, we always used instant rice and v8 lol

    Good luck! Allie


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