Granny’s Bacon and Rice Surprise

I learned this bacon and rice recipe from my Mum. It's very quick to make and really delicious so Mum often made it when when we'd been out for the day and got back late starving.

The ingredients are variable and are guesstimates so you can vary to taste.

Mum has always called this dish rice surprise but to this day I've never worked out what the surprise was - it would be a surprise if there was no rice I suppose...

AuthorJamesCategoryDifficultyBeginner

Granny's really quick, easy and tasty dinner, perfect when you've not much time. What's the surprise though?

bacon rice surprise recipe
Yields1 Serving
Prep Time10 minsCook Time10 minsTotal Time20 mins
 One onion - finely chopped
 4-5 rashers of bacon - rind removed and chopped into small pieces
 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
 2 tbsp tomato puree
 150g frozen peas (or fresh if available)
 Handful of chives - chopped
 Salt and pepper
 Basmati or long grain rice
1

Get the rice on to cook as per the instructions on the packet

2

Heat oil in a saucepan and fry the onion and bacon for 5 minutes or so

3

Add the chopped tomatoes, frozen peas, salt, pepper and tomato puree - add peas later if using fresh

4

Bring to a simmer and add the chives

5

Cook for 5 minutes or so until the peas are cooked

6

Serve with the rice

Under supervision, our kids can stir the pan and our 9 year old can carefully chop bacon and onions. We send our children to the garden to get the chives.

Ingredients

 One onion - finely chopped
 4-5 rashers of bacon - rind removed and chopped into small pieces
 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
 2 tbsp tomato puree
 150g frozen peas (or fresh if available)
 Handful of chives - chopped
 Salt and pepper
 Basmati or long grain rice

Directions

1

Get the rice on to cook as per the instructions on the packet

2

Heat oil in a saucepan and fry the onion and bacon for 5 minutes or so

3

Add the chopped tomatoes, frozen peas, salt, pepper and tomato puree - add peas later if using fresh

4

Bring to a simmer and add the chives

5

Cook for 5 minutes or so until the peas are cooked

6

Serve with the rice

Granny’s Bacon and Rice Surprise

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