Apple Almond Rice
This is a nutty rice with a kick and a sweetness that's an alternative to cinnamon apples for accompanying pork entrees.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 1¼ cups water
- 1cup apple cider
- 1cup golden raisins
- ¼cup apple cider vinegar
- 1¼ cups jasmine rice
- 1teaspoon white sugar
- 1teaspoon brown sugar
- ¼teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1Granny Smith apple - peeled, cored, and diced
- 1small sweet onion, diced
- 1stalk celery, diced
- ¼teaspoon ground white pepper
- ⅛teaspoon salt
- 1dash ground cinnamon
- ¼cup blanched slivered almonds
Step 1Combine water, apple cider, and golden raisins in a pot. Bring to a boil; add rice. Cook, stirring often, until most of the water is absorbed, about 17 minutes. Mix in white sugar, brown sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon; continue cooking until rice is tender, about 3 minutes more. Remove from heat.
Step 2Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir apple, onion, and celery in the hot oil until softened, about 5 minutes. Season with white pepper, salt, and a dash of cinnamon. Stir in almonds; cook until starting to brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
Step 3Fold apple and almond mixture into rice. Let stand until flavors combine, about 5 minutes.