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This month’s Recipe Redux challenge was Grab a Book & Cook. For anyone with even a modest cookbook collection this challenge would seem pretty straight forward, but, there was a catch. We couldn’t choose any recipe we wanted. As a farewell to the year 2016 we had to pick a recipe from a page using any combination of the numbers 2 – 0 – 1 – 6. I had so much fun looking through all my cookbooks using the various page combinations and when I stumbled upon Lemon Rice I knew I had a winner. This is an unbelievably easy and tasty way to jazz up plain white rice and it only adds a couple of minutes to the usual prep time. The recipe for Lemon Rice is on page 201 of How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman.
Rice plays a prominent role in many people’s diets. In fact, it’s considered a staple food in a vast number of cultures and countries, providing 20% of the world’s dietary energy. Rice’s popularity stems from its availability, ease of preparation, and near universal appeal. However, the same attributes that make rice so beloved can also make it a little boring. Lemon Rice will fix that – it’s anything but boring! It’s fresh, bright flavor is a great accompaniment to seafood and chicken. I paired it with simple roasted salmon (pictured below) but next time I make it I plan to serve it with shrimp scampi – yum!
This is a great (mostly) make ahead dish. You can cook up a batch of rice ahead of time, store it in the fridge, then make Lemon Rice right before you serve dinner – so quick and easy! (You could use take-out rice in this recipe too.) Lemon Rice is my new favorite side dish and once you try it, it might just become yours too!
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 3 cups cooked rice (cook according to package directions)
- Juice of 2 small lemons
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 lemon, quartered
- Heat the butter over medium-high heat in a large skillet and sautée the garlic for 30 seconds.
- Spoon in the cooked rice. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest (set some aside for garnish if desired), salt, and pepper.
- Toss and stir everything until it is well combined and the rice is heated through, about 3-5 minutes.
- Garnish with lemon zest and serve with lemon quarters.
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