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Side Dish
Dried Fruit Pilaf

This recipe was featured on
"You're the Chef" episode #404.
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Yield: four portions


2 Tbsp. butter
1/2 c. Spanish onion, chopped small
1 c. rice, long grain
2 c. water or chicken bouillon
1 each fresh thyme
1/2 c. chopped dried fruit pieces
1/4 c. fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

In a small saucepot over medium high heat, sauté the onion in the butter for 1 minute. Add the rice and continue to sauté and stir until the rice is coated with the butter and translucent. Add the liquid and thyme sprig and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add the fruit pieces, parsley, salt, and pepper, cover the pot and simmer for an additional 6 minutes, or until the rice is plump and all the liquid is evaporated. Remove from the heat. Keep covered and warm for service.