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If you have rice in your pantry, you’re well on your way to a great meal — something you have in common with home cooks around the globe. Martha offers a lesson on the world’s most common grain, starting with a perfect pot of fluffy white rice, which you can incorporate into a main course or serve as an accompaniment to a host of other dishes. From there, she’ll show you her tried-and-true techniques for flavorful pilaf, risotto and Thai fried rice.
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This Week’s Recipe
Simple Rice Pilaf
This simple rice pilaf recipe from Martha Stewart is a delicious side dish made with onions, bay leaves, and coarse salt.
- 1 1/2 cups stock (chicken, vegetable, or beef) or water
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup minced onion or shallot
- 1 cup long-grain white rice
- 1 small dried bay leaf
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Bring stock to a simmer in a small saucepan.
- Melt butter in a 2-quart ovenproof saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, and cook until soft and translucent, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes.
- Add rice, bay leaf, and salt and stir well to coat each grain with butter mixture. Cook until rice is fragrant and starting to turn translucent, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes.
- Add stock and return to a simmer. Transfer to oven, cover, and bake 16 minutes. Remove from oven. Cover and let steam for 10 minutes, then fluff with a fork before serving.
Yield: 4 servings