Monday, February 4, 2013

Cinnamon Recipe: Side Dish

Is there any better combination than cinnamon and apples?  Now I love cinnamon rolls but there is something about cinnamon and apples that remind me of my childhood.

Most will use cinnamon for desserts and that is a wonderful place for cinnamon but here is a side dish you can add to your meal.  This side dish works best with white meat.

This recipe is proportioned for four people:
Cinnamon Rice with apples

3/4 cup uncooked white or brown rice 1 1/2 cups apple juice
1 apple, cored and chopped (I have found if you prefer brown rice than red apples work best)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I prefer to grate cinnamon sticks but powder works well also)
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla (essential when using brown rice)

1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/3 cup raisins
1/2 cup grated apples


In a saucepan, combine rice, apple juice, chopped apple, vanilla, (and raisins). Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover for 15 minutes.  Once it starts to simmer season with cinnamon (and salt) and stir well.  Stir occasionally and when it is moist (for your liking)remove from heat and serve immediately.  You can add parsley and/or grated apples at this time if you wish.

If you want to "spice" up the appearance of this dish you can core four apples (careful not to core all the way through the apple so while it is baking the apples maintain their juice.)

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.  Bake the apples for about 20 minutes.  Slice apple and sprinkle 1/4 tablespoon of brown sugar of cut apples.  Place slices, in a circular pattern on plate and place rice in the center.

There are so many recipes that use cinnamon for dessert...hope you enjoy this cinnamon side dish!

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