My cooking mantra is “simple doesn’t mean boring.” But…I love fancy rice pilaf. A simple rice pilaf, with white rice and chicken broth? It’s boring, and I’d rather just make risotto. But give me a blend of brown and wild rice? Now I’m interested. Add some fancy rice for variety: red rice, black Japonica, sweet rice? You have my full attention. Then, stir in some dried fruit, nuts, and a little green onion, and you have a side dish that’s worth second helpings. A pressure cooker is my secret weapon for brown rice. Brown rice takes forever on the stovetop; in my pressure cooker, It is done in about 40 minutes, end to end. Looking for a holiday-worthy side dish that is easy enough to use on a weeknight? This is the pilaf to make. Video: Pressure Cooker Brown and Wild Rice Pilaf (1:48) Video: Pressure Cooker Brown and Wild Rice Pilaf with Cranberries and Almonds [YouTube.com] What do you think? Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below. Related Posts Pressure Cooker …
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