I’ve been on a pilaf kick recently, ever since I had one at the Savoy last week and I can’t even deal with how good it was. They’re really easy to make, too, just a few extra steps more than plain Jane rice. Why not? This version serves 6 comfortably, with leftovers.
I had half a 28oz can of diced tomatoes in the fridge as well as some shallots left over from probably Christmas so I figured I’d do something to use them up and take advantage of my overstock of Trader Joe’s Wild Rice Medley.
I chopped up a handful of mushrooms and shallots and set those aside.
Then I dumped a hunk of butter and some olive oil into a skillet and let that melt on medium-high heat.
When it was all melted and foamy I tipped in 2 cups wild rice medley (you can use whichever rice you wish, of course). I had a bit of black rice hanging around as well so I chucked that in too.
Stir that around until it gets all coated with butter. You’re basically toasting it here, so you want it to get a bit brown and smoky.
Now you can add in your vegetables and stir them around a bit.
I left the tomatoes until last because I wanted the onions and mushrooms to soften a bit.
Now you add your stock. Any stock you like. Just make sure that it works according to your rice’s cooking directions. This rice requires 2 1/2 cups liquid for every cup of rice. I had 4 cups broth in my little carton here, plus a cup of liquid in the tomatoes.
Give that a stir, then cover it and let it simmer for the allotted time given in the cooking directions (with mine it was 40 minutes). I stirred mine occasionally, but only because I’m paranoid about burning rice. I’m really good at burning rice.
When it’s cooked take the lid off and remove it from the heat and let it sit for about ten minutes.
We served ours next to a bed of greens and topped with a pan-seared half chicken breast. It was lovely!