Recipe by Sackville
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
Directions See How It's Made
- 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.