These 8 rice stir-in options are quick and easy to make and serve as a great side dish to a variety of main dish meals.
April 08, 2013
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Easy Rice Stir-Ins
Start with 2 cups unseasoned hot cooked long-grain white rice simmered in water. Choose your favorite flavor, and proceed with the following recipes.
First up is Thai Cilantro and Serrano Rice. Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon canola oil; swirl. Add 1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger, 1 tablespoon sliced garlic, and 2 serrano chiles, seeded and thinly sliced; sauté 1 minute. Stir ginger mixture, ¾ cup chopped cilantro, and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt into rice.
Combine 1 tablespoon hot water and 1/8 teaspoon saffron threads, and let stand 5 minutes; stir into rice. Heat 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add ¼ cup minced onion; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Combine rice mixture, onion mixture, and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt.
Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium-high heat; cook 1 minute or until butter begins to brown. Stir butter, 1½ teaspoons chopped fresh sage, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper into rice.
Combine ½ cup raisins and ¼ cup rum in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 2 minutes; let stand 5 minutes. Stir raisin mixture, 2 (3.5-ounce) vanilla pudding snack cups, 1/3 cup toasted sliced almonds, ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, and a dash of ground nutmeg into rice.