With dinner last night being a total and complete failure and dinner the night before being less than spectacular, tonight I wanted a home run. A meal to make up for two lost days. A meal unlike anything made before and better than any similar meals. A meal suited to local home cooking, Texas Hash.
To a very large skillet, one large onion was sauteed in four tablespoons of bacon grease. To onions, two bell peppers (one red, one green), three cloves of garlic, and two and half pounds of venison were added and cooked. To meat mixture, two cans of rotel, one can of tomato sauce, two tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, two cups of water, and one tablespoon of Tony Chachere's were added and allowed to simmer for 45 minutes adding water as needed. Seasonings were adjusted during simmer time.
As meat simmered, one and half cups of white rice was cooked for 10 minutes.
Under cooked rice was added and gently folded into meat mixture along with one cup of water. Hash cooked until rice was tender checking for water level and seasoning.
Scaled for Likability: Great
It was everything I wanted and then some. Home cooked goodness in a one pot meal. Well almost a one pot meal. In fact the original recipe calls for a one pot meal but I find cooking rice in a dish never turns out the way I want it. Rice always seems undercooked or overcooked, is too much or not enough, gums up the dish from the starch, or is sticky unto itself. Rice cooked aside and then added into the one pot meal always produced better results. For me that is.
The only mumbles over dinner were to complain about cheese. One said it needed cheese and melted colby jack cheese over theirs. Another said cheese was not needed and that it took away from the seasonings. The third ate one with and one without and liked both. The fourth is not a cheese fan so had no comments. And myself... Well, cheese makes everything better! What I can say about the cheese is this. I would not bake it in the dish as a crusty topping like so many other casseroles.
As for the title Texas Hash, that was a misname. Nothing about this meal is a hash. Hash is meat, potatoes, and onions. Hash is served alongside a fried egg or two with a couple slices of extra buttery toast. What this meal was is a tried and true skillet. Has-erol-let, it was added to the list of recipes to made in the future.