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The Right Rice

The Right Rice
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Yield: Serves 4 to 5.

This rice has a lovely delicate flavor, made all the nicer with the addition of the crunchy walnuts. A welcome new rice dish.

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  • 1 cup long-grain (brown or white) rice
  • 4 to 5 ounces butter
  • 1-1/2 cups good chicken stock
  • 1 large pinch saffron
  • 2 large pinches paprika
  • 2 pinches cumin
  • 4 to 5 dashes mushroom soy sauce, or as needed
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon or so olive oil
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 to 2 ounces dry red wine
  • 1 ounce Madeira
  • 4 ounces walnut meats, cut in small pieces (not chopped)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sour cream


Wash the rice in water once or twice, then drain and set aside. Melt 2 ounces of the butter in a skillet and sauté the rice for 3 to 5 minutes. In a saucepan you can cover tightly, bring the stock to a boil. Add saffron, paprika, and cumin, as well as a dash or two of mushroom soy sauce, if the stock is not salted. Add the rice, return it to a boil, and simmer, covered, over low heat for about 20 minutes, until all liquid is absorbed. Sauté the mushrooms in 2 to 3 ounces of butter and a bit of olive oil, seasoning them with a dash or two garlic powder, black pepper, red wine, Madeira, and a few dashes of mushroom soy sauce. Add the walnut meats and sauté for an additional 4 minutes. Set this aside.
When the rice is done, stir in 2 to 3 tablespoons of sour cream enough to make it sticky. Gently stir three-quarters of the mushroom mixture into the rice. Put the rice into 4 small au gratin dishes (or one big one) and put the rest of the mushrooms on top. Bake at 400 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes, and you have the right rice.
Updated Thursday, September 27th, 2007

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