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Recipe: Pilaf with topping

Recipe: Pilaf with topping
Aunt Mary's pilaf with topping (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

Aunt Mary's pilaf with topping

Total time:

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35 minutes

Servings:

4 to 6

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, divided

2 cups converted rice

4 1/2 cups chicken broth

1 cup slivered almonds

1 cup chopped dates

1. In a medium, heavy-bottom saucepan,

melt one-quarter cup (one-half stick) butter over medium heat. Stir in the rice and stir to coat, then stir in the chicken broth. Bring the broth to a boil over high heat, then reduce and cook the rice, covered, at a gentle simmer until the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, place a paper towel over the pan and set aside for 10 to 15 minutes.

2. While the rice

is cooking, make the topping: Melt the remaining one-quarter cup (one-half stick) butter over medium-low heat. Stir in the almonds and cook, stirring occasionally, until the almonds are toasted to a golden-brown, about 8 minutes. Stir in the dates and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the dates are heated through, about 2 minutes.

3. Mound the rice

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neatly on a serving platter, and sprinkle over the topping. Serve immediately.

Each of 6 servings:

542 calories; 11 grams protein; 72 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams fiber; 25 grams fat; 10 grams saturated fat; 41 mg cholesterol; 16 grams sugar; 699 mg sodium.

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