Once a night at the restaurant, I’m asked how to make this simple rice. Like many of my dishes, it has an elusive old-fashioned flavor, and guests tell me that, when they eat my food, they are reminded of their grandmother’s cooking. I’m always delighted with this compliment.
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 ounces country ham or prosciutto, minced
- ½ cup minced shiitake mushroom caps (tough stems to be used in stock for another recipe)
- ½ cup grated small zucchini
- ¼ cup peeled and grated carrots
- 1 recipe Basic White Rice (recipes follows)
- ½ cup Basic Chicken Broth
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese (1 ½ ounces)
- 3 slices bacon, cooked crisp, chopped (optional)
- 1 cup raw white basmati rice (found in health food stores)
- 2 cups water
- ½ teaspoon salt
For the Basic White Rice:
In a medium saucepot with a lid over high heat, combine the rice, water, and salt and bring to a boil; stir, reduce the heat to very low, cover, and simmer for 12 minutes. Lift the lid, stir the rice, replace the lid, turn off the heat, and place the covered pot in a skillet of warm water over low heat for 10 minutes to finish steaming the rice. Do not lift the lid until ready to serve.
In a large skillet or casserole, layer the ingredients as they are listed beginning with the butter and ending with the cream. Cover the skillet and simmer the rice over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, until most of the liquid is absorbed. Do not stir. Just before serving, stir the cheese into the rice and sprinkle with the chopped bacon, if desired.
Nutritional information is based on 8 servings.
Nutritional information does not include Basic Chicken Broth. For nutritional information on Basic Chicken Broth, please follow the link above.