Sunday, December 21, 2008

PostHeaderIcon Side Dish Sunday: Savory Pecan Rice Pilaf

This week: Savory Pecan Rice Pilaf

This is a recipe that I've used several holidays as a change of pace side dish.

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 large shallot, finely minced
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain rice (such as basmati)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup water
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup toasted pecans

Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add oil and butter and shallots to pan, sauté shallots for 2 minutes. Add rice and lightly brown for 4 to 7 minutes. Add the wine and allow it to evaporate completely, 1 to 2 minutes.

Add raisins and cranberries, chicken broth and water to pan, bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes.

Fluff rice with a fork and stir in the pecans and parsley.


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