I love flavored rice but figured it was faster and easier to buy microwaveable rice rather than try to make it on my own. Co-author/daughter Hayley shamed me into attempting to make my own flavored rice considering it doesn’t take any more time than cooking white rice, and wouldn’t include artificial colors and flavors of commercial brands. Finally, I relented and I’m happy to say I’ve been making my own flavored rice for several years now and this one’s a favorite. Lemon juice adds a brightness to the dish and is a perfect pairing with chicken or fish. The last time I made it, I served it with a favorite salmon recipe.
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup basmati rice
1/2 stick (2 ounces) butter
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon capers
ground black pepper
chopped fresh parsley
medium (2-quart) pot with lid
measuring cups and spoons
1. Combine stock, rice, butter, garlic, and lemon juice into pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
2. Cover with lid and reduce heat to medium-low.
3. Simmer until stock is absorbed and rice is tender — about 15 minutes.
4. Turn off heat. Add capers and season with pepper. Sprinkle with parsley, if using, and stir well.
NOTES & TIPS
• No basmati rice? No problem. Use long-grain white rice instead.
• If you’re not a fan of capers, swap them out for 1 teaspoon kosher salt.