Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

This recipe is submitted for the RSC Summer 2004 contest

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat butter and oil in a large nonstick frypan, add zucchini and onion, sauté just until onion is soft, about 4 minutes.
  2. Add red pepper, jalapeño pepper, garlic and sage, sauté 1 minute more.
  3. Add rice, salt and pepper, stir to coat.
  4. Add balsamic vinegar, deglaze pan and add chicken broth and buttermilk.
  5. Bring to boil, reduce heat; simmer covered with a tight fitting lid, for 45 to 50 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender.
  6. Add green peas while fluffing rice with a fork, remove pan from heat; replace lid and set aside for 10 minutes.
  7. Serve and enjoy!
Most Helpful

Good. This has a nice tang from the buttermilk, which I enjoyed very much, and I liked the combination of veggies. I usually am a big fan of balsamic vinegar, however in this recipe, it seemed to overpower all of the other ingredients. I did find the directions to be very clear. I needed the full 50 minutes for the rice cook time.

HeatherFeather August 08, 2004

This might've been a good recipe. I did add 3/4 of a small jalepeno. It made the rice taste like jalepenos! It was awful! I love them but not with this! The zuchinni was mushy too. We did not like this at all- had to throw away.

Katie Kat April 21, 2006

I served this as a side with Honey-Laquered Duck with Sour Cherry Sauce Honey-lacquered Duck With Sour Cherry Sauce. The guys were a little leary of trying it; they weren't quite sure what 'pilaf'! I just pointed and said, 'that's a pilaf!' The color contrasts within the dish were delightful and the flavors all blended well. DH has some stomach problems so I omitted the jalapeno pepper since it was an optional ingredient. At instruction # 5, rather than reducing the heat, I transferred the contents to my rice cooker to complete the recipe as I find the rice cooker is a more passive method of cooking when I am making several dishes simultaneously.

Cindy Lynn August 10, 2004