Thursday, April 7, 2011

Texmati brown rice pilaf with herbs

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Food bloggers get offered a lot of product samples. I'm picky about what I accept. I turn down stuff I wouldn't want to eat or feed my family: processed food, junk food, candy. I also gracefully refuse products I normally buy, on the grounds that I already know I like it and the samples would be better used on someone else.

When the Rice Select folks offered to send me some of their Texmati rice, however, I was powerless. Texmati is one of my favorite grains and it's been a staple in my pantry for years. Grown in Texas, Texmati has the nutty aroma and chewy texture of imported basmati rice - and it's born and raised in the U.S.A. I buy both varieties. The kids like white. The grownups prefer brown. Either way, we rarely have leftovers.  


I love the combination of rice, herbs, lemon and grated Romano cheese in this Texmati brown rice pilaf. I have served it at many dinner parties alongside roast chicken, grilled steak, or oven-roasted salmon. I'm pretty sure my mother made it for one of her recent dinners, too. Use any combination of herbs you like. I grab whatever looks good at the farmers' market (or, if I've been taking care of my backyard, from the garden). Parsley, chives, tarragon, savory, cilantro, garlic chives, dill, fennel's all good. 

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Texmati brown rice pilaf with herbs
This sunny pilaf goes well with roast chicken, grilled steak, or any simple fish.
1 cup Texmati brown rice2 1/4 cups chicken stock2 Tbsp olive oil3/4 cup chopped mixed herbs (parsley, tarragon, chives, savory, dill, etc.)1 lemon, juice and zest1/2 cup grated Romano cheese salt and pepper to taste
Combine the rice, chicken stock and olive oil in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover the pot, turn down the heat, and simmer 45 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand 10 minutes. (Alternatively, combine the rice, chicken stock and olive oil in an electric rice cooker and cook until done.)Add the herbs, lemon juice, lemon zest, grated cheese, salt and pepper, and stir to combine. Taste, adjust the seasoning, and serve immediately.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6 servings


Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious said...

That looks simple and delicious, or simply delicious! If you like Texmati, you will probably also love the Trader Joe's Harvest Blend of grains. Try that, too.

kitchen remodeling nyc said...

Where do you buy the brown rice? I can't find it at my local grocery. I was able to buy it once though.

Erika Kerekes said...

I've just left a request on the RiceSelect Facebook page for someone to come over and answer your question, Kitchen Remodeling. Hang tight.

The RiceSelect Team said...

Hi Kitchen Remodel!

Have you tried using the product locator on our web site? You put in your zip code, and a list of grocery stores that carry RiceSelect products near you will be provided.

Hope this helps and if not let us know and we will work with you to find where you can get some Texmati Brown Rice near you.


jamarab said...

Costco carries it.

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