This dish is a rice pilaf, where the rice is toasted in oil with onion before liquid is added to finish the cooking. The addition of chopped pecans adds an additional nuttiness to the toasted rice. Pilafs are usually made with a meat-based stock like chicken; if you want a vegetarian version, you can easily substitute vegetable stock or water. We like to serve this alongside our turkey at Thanksgiving.
Reprinted with permission Southern Comfort by Allison Rushing-Vines and Slade Rushing, copyright © 2012. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 Cup chopped pecans
- 1 Cup long-grain rice
- 2 Tablespoons finely diced shallots
- 1 Tablespoon finely diced carrots
- 1/4 Teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/8 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 Cups chicken stock
- 1 Tablespoon thinly sliced green onions, white and green part
Place a saucepan with a tight-fitting lid over medium heat. Add the olive oil and heat for 1 minute. Add the pecans and toast, stirring with a wooden spoon, until the nuts are fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the rice and toast for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the shallots, carrot, salt, and pepper.
Cook the rice and the vegetables for an additional 3 minutes. Add the stock, increase the heat to high, and bring the mixture to a simmer. Decrease the heat to low, cover, and cook for 12 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the rice sit, covered, for another 10 minutes.
Stir in the green onions before serving.