Creamy Rice Pilaf Recipe
onion, celery, red peppers, arugula, basil leaves, add cream cheese for a creamy texture

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Prepare this recipe in the microwave oven for a quick gourmet entree presentation. Here is another delicious favorite of mine you might like,  Pilaf recipe with toasted almonds and fresh lemon zest

Creamy Rice Pilaf
recipe and photograph by Peggy Bucholz for www.finedinings.com

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Prep Time: 15 min      Cook Time: 12 min      Servings: 2

Ingredients:

1/2 cup packaged white rice and wild rice with spices
1-1/3 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup celery, finely chopped
1/4 cups red bell pepper, finely diced
4 teaspoons cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cups Arugula, sliced 1/4-inch thick
Fresh Basil leaves for garnish
2 (4 oz.) custard cups

Instruction:

Combine rice and chicken broth in a glass casserole, cover and microwave 10 minutes or until rice is cooked. Add butter, onion, celery and bell pepper (reserve 1 teaspoon peppers for garnish) and microwave an additional 2 minutes more. Remove from microwave oven, fold in cream cheese and Arugula to make a creamy attractive texture.

Press the mixture into individual custard cups then invert them onto serving plates for a nice presentation; garnish with basil leaves, the reserved bell pepper and serve.

wine Wine recommendation: Pinot Gris; Chardonnay; Sauvignon Blanc

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