I think Rice Pilaf is the perfect accompaniment to just about any meat, fish or seafood! It is served often at our house because it meets all three requirements; It’s quick, easy and economical. This dish can also be adjusted to serve as few or as many people you need to feed. Pilaf, by definition, is made with sautéed vegetables in which the rice is also sautéed before being cooked in broth. This gives the dish another depth of flavor. I use only two types of rice; either Basmati or Jasmine. I love their flavors and the way they cook up, never sticky or mushy. Rinsing the rice before cooking it is essential. Rinsing removes the starchy outer covering ensuring the rice is fluffy and each grain is separate. Another thing I have learned is that every bag of rice cooks for different lengths of time. The Jasmine rice I used says to cook it for 20 minutes but mine is done in 15 minutes, so you do have to watch it carefully. This is my standard combination of vegetables because I usually have everything in the fridge, but feel free to improvise using what you enjoy. If I have frozen peas on hand, I will thaw a handful and toss them in at the end. Delicious!
Here’s what we’ll need.
Rice Pilaf with Vegetables
- Prep all the vegetables and parsley, then set aside
- Rinse the rice under cold running water until the water runs clear, then set aside to drain.
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan, then stir in the onion, celery and red bell pepper. Sautee over low heat for five minutes until softened.
- Add the drained rice, cook and stir for a couple of minutes.
- Stir in the parsley.
- Pour in the chicken broth and give it a good stir. Raise the heat and bring the rice mixture just to the boiling point. Decrease the heat to low, cover and cook for about 15 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender.
- Fluff the rice with a fork, adjust for salt and pepper, then spoon into a serving bowl.
- Garnish with additional parsley and chives if desired.
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