Communion Season 2012 - Thursday Dinner and The Best Yellow Rice Recipe

This Thursday through Sunday, my church is having a special program called Annual Communion Season.  And it is going to be extra special because this year's speaker is Dr. Harry Reeder, the senior pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church, in Birmingham, AL.  I love to hear this dynamic speaker, who truly brings out the word of God like no other preacher can; other than my own senior pastor, of course.  

Anyway, the kitchen staff and I are on a cooking marathon since we have four dinners to prep and serve this weekend.   I was too busy last night and this was the only photo I managed to take.  But I have to tell ya, this yellow rice we made last night was the best ever!  So I had to share the recipe with you. 

Friday night dinner may or may  not involve Bulgogi and a special guest appearance.  So stay tuned....

Thursday Dinner Menu for 200 (Click Hyperlinks for recipes)

Blackened Swai   (55 lbs - 3-5 oz filets = about 210 pieces)
Mango Salsa (20lbs. frozen diced mango chunks)
Yellow Rice (30lbs rice)
Yeast Rolls (200)
Garden Salad with Savannah Mustard Dressing  (30 small heads of Romaine plus tomatoes, onions, cucumbers)

The Best Yellow Rice
Serves 4

1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup onion, finely diced
1/2 cup sweet peppers, finely dice (we used tri-colored)
1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 cup long grain rice, soaked in water for 15 min, rinsed, drained
1 1/3 cup chicken broth, homemade preferred
3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt (use only if using homemade broth)

Heat the olive oil in a heavy saucepan. Add the onion, peppers, and garlic and cook until just soft. Toss in the rice for about a minute, stirring once or twice.   

Add the broth, ground turmeric and salt if using homemade broth without salt added.  Cover and cook in medium-high until rice starts to boil,  for about 10-12 minutes.  

When it begins to boil, quickly reduce the heat to simmer.  Do not open the lid.  Simmer until the liquid is absorbed, another 15 minutes.  Fluff with a fork before serving.  

The Best Yellow Rice for 200 

25 lbs of long grain rice, soak first in cold water for 20-30 minutes, rinse, drain
6 large onions, finely chopped, pulsed coarsely food processor 
10 tricolored peppers, finely chopped, pulsed coarsely in food processor
1/3 cup minced garlic
2/3 cups olive oil
About 16 quarts of homemade chicken stock
2 tablespoon ground turmeric
salt to taste

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  1. Cooking for 200! Now that's a labor of love. I can't imagine preparing all that food. Your meal is beautiful, Kay, and I know I would love that rice!

  2. WOW, you are a Saint! How wonderful of your to have once been a caterer, and now you cook for such huge amounts of church people. You are getting a lot of Jesus points. ;) God bless you!

    1. Hey, Gloria! Thankful for your visit! Ha, never heard of that phrase, "Jesus points"! Too funny! :)

  3. Great recipe! Tried it last night and it was delish!