Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins
Thanks go to NurseDi for inspiring me to create this side dish, based on her Mushroom Oven Rice. The butter gives the rice a lovely rich quality, so I'd advise against substituting margarine. I think it would be an ideal side for any meat. It is also an easy offering for your next potluck.
- 1 cup uncooked basmati rice
- 8 slices bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1⁄4 cup butter
- 1⁄2 cup finely chopped celery (optional)
- 1⁄2 cup finely chopped onion (optional)
- 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms (more if you're not using the celery and onions)
- 2 cups chicken broth or 2 cups vegetable broth
- 2 -3 cloves garlic, minced
- fresh ground black pepper
- dried oregano
- Pre-heat the oven to 425 F or 220 C.
- If you are using a fan assisted oven, you can cut the heat by about 10 percent.
- In a large skillet, melt the butter and sauté the rice and bacon for two minutes.
- Add the celery, onion and mushrooms.
- Cook and stir for a further 2-4 minutes, until the vegetables just start to soften.
- Pour into a large casserole dish.
- Stir in the broth and garlic.
- Add a generous amount of black pepper and a couple pinches of oregano.
- Mix well.
- Cover and bake for 30 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is cooked.
Delicious but some problems. I don't see how 2 minutes of cooking the rice and bacon is sufficient, or safe. I cooked the bacon halfway first. Used jasmine rice. Less butter (and I love butter). Was delicious and made as a main dish. Why not?
This was quick and easy. Good flavor although I did add more celery and onion than was called for. The one thing I found was that there was too much butter. I would suggest cutting the butter in half. It was quite sufficient.
We thorougly enjoyed this. I do think next time, I'll cook the bacon for a few more minutes before I add the rice to see if I can get it more crispy. That was the only critique my DH and I had about it when we ate the dish. Otherwise, everything was inhaled and leftovers were snatched up early the next day. Thanks so much, this is a keeper and I plan on making it again soon.