Each family seems to have its own version of this traditional Christmas dish. Here is one of my favorite Christmas rice recipes.
Why we ❤️ it
Before I get another word out let me clarify something: This is not like the Christmas rice you know. And I know this because I have yet to taste two that are the same. Everybody seems to have a different idea of what it contains and how it should taste.
One of my favorite Christmas rice dishes is this easy-to-make rice with almonds and raisins.
This is a very tasty, colorful rice dish that will complement your Christmas Eve feast, and is gluten-free and perfect for vegans too. It's one of my favorite Christmas feast side dishes.
About this recipe
I love the many contrasts in this dish, the crispy, toasted almonds, the sweet raisins, and the flavorful rice. You can add extra ingredients and spices if you feel adventurous.
This recipe yields 6 servings of about 1 cup of rice each.
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- Toasting almonds: Heat the oil over medium heat. Stir in the almonds and cook stirring until they turn a light golden color. Remove the almonds from the oil and set them aside.
- Cooking rice: Add the raw, unrinsed rice to the heated oil, cook stirring until the grains are coated with oil, and turn a slightly yellow color. Pour in the vegetable broth, stir and salt to taste.Boil over medium flame, stirring often, until the liquid has almost all evaporated. Add the raisins and sultanas and stir to combine. Lower the heat, cover with a tight-fitting lid, and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir the rice and simmer covered for another 10 minutes, or until the rice is cooked through.Uncover and mix in the toasted almonds. Remove from the stove.
- Serving: Place the rice in a serving platter and sprinkle with parsley.
Nutritional information is calculated automatically based on ingredients listed. Please consult your doctor if you need precise nutritional information.