My New Obsession: Rice Pilaf

Hi, my name is Kathryn and I’m a rice pilaf addict.  I’ve only been addicted for about a week, but I don’t see this obsession going away any time soon!  It all started when I was looking for a side dish to accompany some fish I was baking.  I had about a cup of wild rice that I wanted to use and a few other odds and ends.

After searching all over the internet, I found a recipe for a simple wild rice pilaf.  I threw in some added touches (some herbs and veggies) and absolutely adored the result.

What I love about making rice pilaf is that it only requires ingredients that I usually have: rice, chicken broth, and vegetables.  Plus, I can make a big batch of it once and that will last me a week of dinners or so.  I also like that it’s so adaptable; you can substitute your favorite veggies and/or spices to go with any meal.  And it goes with just about every meat- I’ve served it with chicken, fish, and pork chops.

Do you love rice pilaf, too?  If so, here are some delicious recipes for you to try:
Wild Rice Pilaf with Cranberries and Apples
Brown Rice Pilaf
Walnut Rice Pilaf
Mexican Rice Pilaf
Shrimp Pilaf
Vegetable Rice Pilaf

And here’s a handy rice-cooking tip submitted by one of our wonderful readers: “Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to each quart of water used to cook rice. The grains will stay white and separated. If you want your rice to be light, fluffy and separated, try cooking with a teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice.”

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