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)
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Pressure Cooker Brown and Wild Rice Pilaf. Looking for a fancy side dish for your holiday table, but easy enough for a weeknight dinner? Try this rice blend pilaf.
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 cups brown rice and wild rice blend
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 1/2 cups homemade chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
- 1 cup water (or more broth)
- 1/4 cup sliced green onion (about 2 green onions)
- 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
- More cranberries, green onions, and almonds for garnish
- Prepare the rice: Melt the butter in the pressure cooker pot over sauté mode (medium heat with a stovetop PC). Stir the rice into the pot to coat it with the melted butter. Add the cranberries, sprinkle with the salt, then stir in the broth and water.
- Pressure cook the rice for 20 minutes with a natural pressure release: Lock the lid and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes in an electric PC or 16 minutes in a stovetop PC. Let the pressure come down naturally, about 15 minutes.
- Stir in the extra ingredients and serve: Scoop the rice into a large mixing bowl. Stir in the green onions and almonds, and fluff the rice with a large fork. Sprinkle a few more cranberries, green onions, and almonds on top, and serve.
- For this recipe, the fancier the rice blend, the better, as long as brown rice is the main ingredient. (I look for something like a Wild Blend or Royal Blend.)
- Don’t like cranberries, almonds, or green onions? Substitute golden raisins or currants, pecans or pistachios, and parsley. (Or, just skip them.)
- 6-quart or larger pressure cooker (I love my Instant Pot electric pressure cooker)
What do you think?
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