You will love this nutty brown rice for its crunchy texture, nutty flavor, and the fact that it is healthier for you than regular white rice.
We eat a lot of rice in our home, and recently we have grown to love brown rice. Not just for it delicious flavor and texture. Brown rice also has a lower glycemic value. The only downside to brown rice is that it takes longer to cook than white rice.
How to Cook Brown Rice
To cook brown rice, bring 4 cups of water to boil. Sometimes I use 2 cups water and 2 cups chicken broth for a little more flavor. Then add in 2 cups of rice. If you would like to make more or less, just make sure to use twice as much liquid as rice.
Once the rice has been added, turn the heat down to a simmer and let it cook. It will take 25-30 minutes. I put two layers of paper towels between the pan and the lid. The paper towels trap more of the steam and give you a nice, fluffier rice.
And whatever you do, don’t take the lid off too many times and peek to see how it is doing. You let out all that good steam that the rice needs to cook. Your patience will be rewarded with nice fluffy rice!
You can stop there if you would like plain brown rice with your meal, or you can doctor it up and make this delicious nutty brown rice.
This recipe comes from my friend Merrill. He has a special flare with food and manages to make everything not only taste delicious but look pretty too. They served brown rice that night and added toasted, chopped pecans and shredded Parmesan cheese to it. It was so good I knew I needed to share it with you.
Toast the sliced pecans by putting them in a frying pan with some olive oil. Stir them around on medium heat until they are browned. Be careful, they will burn easily. Then add the nuts and 1/2 cup of Parmesan right into the rice and stir. Salt to taste and enjoy your delicious nutty rice. So good!
Of course my friend Merrill took it one step further and perfected the presentation. And it is so easy. He grabbed a measuring cup and filled it with rice and patted it down.Then he just turned it upside down right onto the dinner plate.
A nice little mountain of nutty brown rice. Just add your main dish enjoy!
Nutty Brown Rice Recipe
Nutty Brown Rice
- 2 C brown rice
- 4 C water
- 1/2 C chopped and toasted pecans
- 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 C freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Add rice to boiling water
- Place a double layer of paper towel between the pan and the lid
- Cover and turn down to simmer for about 25-30 minutes or until rice is cooked
- Toast pecans in 1-2 Tbsp olive oil just until brown
- Add toasted pecans and shredded cheese into rice and stir