Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Pilaf Technique for Rice Cookers

My latest made up recipe involves a technique of using the rice cooker. I am a big believer in learning techniques. When you are a student of cooking techniques you never need a recipe because they are automatic.

For example, the pilaf technique in a rice cooker is melting some fat, sauteing some flavorful vegetables like onion, garlic etc. Then adding a grain and stirring to coat with the fat and heat through. Then add liquid and any additive ingredient and close the rice cooker and press cook. When the cooker changes to keep warm, check to see if the grain is cooked. If not add a little more liquid and press cook again. When cooked add garnish or topping that doesn't require cooking like grated cheese, butter, etc.

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