The Right Rice
Yield: Serves 4 to 5.
- 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
Instructions: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.