|Apple Pecan Whole Brown Rice
A delicious pilaf made with a blend of whole brown rice, plenty of chopped apples, toasted pecans and dried berries. Amazing with a grilled ham steak, sliced ham, or pork chops, as well as grilled or roasted chicken, or even beefsteak.
1 TBS olive oil
1/2 cup onion, minced
1.5 cups Lundburg Gourmet Blend of Whole Brown Rice
1 cup apple cider or juice
2 cups water
1 pkg Glace di Poulet (low sodium natural chicken stock)
1 small Granny Smith apple
1 small Gala or Fuji apple
1 cup pecans, toasted, salted and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup Tony’s Very Berry dried berry blend, or dried cranberries
2 TBS butter, at room temperature
pinches of white pepper and sea salt
2-3 TBS parsley, minced
Heat oil in a large saucepan, add onion and sauté until tender. Add rice, cider, water, and concentrated stock and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and steam rice until water is absorbed, 40-50 minutes. Turn off flame.
Cut apple from core, then slice each piece thinly – keep slices together. Turn 45 degrees and slice again, creating short matchsticks. Toast pecans in oven or a heavy skillet, transfer to a board and sprinkle with fine sea salt. When cool, chop coarsely.
Add apples, dried berries and most of the pecans, gently stirring to combine well. Taste and adjust with salt and white pepper. Set pot back onto warm stove and rest for 5-10 minutes. Stir in room temperature butter and fresh chopped parsley and serve, sprinkling with more pecans if desired. – Chef Michaelangelo (mick) Rosacci