JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Farm field tours are planned for the annual Arkansas Rice Expo happening Wednesday, August 10 at Stuttgart's Grand Prairie Center (GPC). Field tours, led by Division of Agriculture faculty and staff, have three stops: Arkansas rice breeding update, weed resistance management in rice and soybeans, and rice irrigation water management. Seminar topics include new technology for in-bin rice drying and storage; along with factors affecting rice milling yields. Cooking demonstrations will be part of the event.
Leigh Ann Bullington, Woodruff County Extension Agent, appeared on Mid-Day to prepare one of the featured dishes for Arkansas Expo. "It's called Savory Brunch Rice," Bullington said. "Not only do we eat with our mouth; we eat with our eyes. So anytime you can have great, beautiful fresh bell peppers and things like that, it just makes for a yummy dish."
Here's the recipe:
Savory Brunch Rice
2 cups cooked rice
½ lb. turkey sausage
½ cup red pepper chopped
½ cup green pepper chopped
½ cup onion chopped
6 large eggs
½ cup skim milk
Salt and pepper to taste
3 oz. white extra sharp cheddar cheese grated
Preheat oven to 350° prepare 11X13 in a baking dish with cooking spray.
Cook rice according to package instruction.
Brown turkey sausage in a large skillet. When done remove sausage from skillet and drain.
Add peppers and onion to the skillet and sauté. When vegetables are tender crisp add sausage back and continue to cook 2 minutes.
Wisk eggs with milk, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
Layer rice in the bottom of the baking dish.
Spoon sausage and vegetable mixture over rice.
Pour egg mixture over previous two layers.
Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes to allow liquid to absorb into the rice.
Top with grated cheese.
Bake at 350°- 25 minutes or until done – when the knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
"It is really a quick dish. Not many ingredients," Bullington said. "It is very quick, healthy and it utilizes so much of our Arkansas products. We're a great producer of eggs, turkey, and rice. It's really Arkansas commodities all the way around."
Honey Balsamic Mushrooms will also be cooked up at the Rice Expo.
The Arkansas Rice Expo will begin with field tours to the University of Arkansas Rice Research Extension Center. Shuttles run from the GPC at 8:15 a.m., 8:45 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.
The Rice Research Station will cover topics such as the latest research on rice-breeding, weed and disease management for rice and soybeans and irrigation water management. Seminars will discuss drones on the farm, new technology for in-bin rice drying and storage and factors affecting rice milling yields.
The Rice Expo Recipe Contest features ten contestants who have pre-qualified to compete. Horticulture talks are part of the Expo. Those topics include "Growing Your Own Herbs" and "Growing Your Own Mushrooms."
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