Photo Credit: Saraizel Senderovits
One of my pantry staples is the boxed rice mixes. They’re perfect to whip up for a last-minute side dish — and I won’t lie, it’s very often last minute in my house.
But I wanted a bit of a change too, so I decided to throw in some extras. Because I almost never use dried fruit when cooking savory dishes, I was really pleasantly surprised when the pot was licked clean.
This is a super-quick and easy dish, yet still elevated enough to serve to company.
- 2 Tbsp oil
- 1 cup thinly sliced shallots
- 1 6-oz (172-g) box rice pilaf (I used Abigail’s Kitchen brand)
- 1¾ cups water
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup pecan halves
In a medium saucepan, heat oil and slowly caramelize sliced shallots until golden brown. Add rice. Mix with shallots and toast for about 3 minutes, mixing regularly. Add water.
When the water comes to a boil, lower heat to medium, cover pot, and let cook for 15 minutes.
At this point, add dried cranberries and pecans and cook for about 5 minutes until water is completely absorbed and rice is soft.
Remove pot from heat. Let it cool for 5 minutes and fluff with a fork.
Shallots can be swapped with onions, I just had no onions in my house.
You can use any ready-made rice mix. Alternatively, use 1 cup of your favorite rice and season with 1⁄4 tsp each of salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and dried parsley.
(Originally featured in Family Table, Issue 827)
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