Rice Pilaf

My Fiance Likes It So It Must Be Good
Wed, 14 Dec 2011 11:05:00 +0000
Hey guys!  Hope everyone is doing well.  I know I've still been a busy bee, but after Friday, I'll have a little bit more time on my hands because it's my last final of the quarter.  So I'll have a two week break before having to go at it all over again. And I tell ya, it's going to be a much needed break.  I might even find myself sleeping more (right now I'm averaging about 5 hours a night, if I'm lucky!). Anyway, I thought I'd post an easy side dish that any one can make.  It's a versatile dish where you can really add practically anything to, and keeps really well if you have leftovers. Ingredients: 1 oz. clarified butter 2 oz. onion, small diced 1 oz. celery, small diced 1 oz. carrot, small diced 1 cup white rice 2 cups stock (chicken, beef, fish, vegetable - I happened to only have beef in the fridge so I used that) 1/2 bay leaf salt and pepper, to taste our mise en place Heat a medium saucepan under medium high heat and add your butter.  When your butter is heated up, add your vegetables and sweat (cook without browning) them, about 3-5 minutes. Once the vegetables are slightly softened, add the rice.  Stir until lightly toasted, about 1-2 minutes. Then slowly incorporate your stock of choice. Then add your half of a bay leaf. Bring mixture to a boil. Then lower to a simmer and cover.  Let cook for about 20-25 minutes, or until about 95% of stock is absorbed into rice. Serve as is or use as a side dish for a main course.  We ended up sauteing a few shrimp, putting them on top of the pilaf, and calling it dinner! Hope everyone is doing well and surviving the holiday season (once again, I've completed all of my Christmas shopping online, avoiding the malls like the plague!).  Until next time...
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