Country Style Rice

A rustic and satisfying rice dish from France: The Cookbook
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Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves 6

Ingredients

20 g (3/4 oz) butter
75 g (2 1/2 oz) lean bacon, diced
75 g (2 1/2 oz) fatty bacon, diced
1 onion, sliced
300 g (11 oz) long-grain white
or brown rice
2 litres (3 1/2 pints) hot stock
1 sprig of parsley
1 sprig of thyme
1 sprig of chervil
1 small bunch of chives
Salt and pepper
80 g (2 3/4 oz) Gruyère
cheese, finely grated

Method

This rustic, satisfying rice relies on tasty ingredients, so choose full-flavoured bacon and a well-reduced, rich stock such as veal or beef.

Melt the butter in a large pan. Fry the bacon and onion for 5 minutes, until softened.

Add the rice. Fry, stirring, for 2 – 3 minutes to coat the rice in fat, then add the stock.

Tie the herbs in a bunch with string (these are known as fines herbes; other soft herbs can be substituted) and add to the pan with salt and pepper.

Cook for 15 minutes, or until the rice is tender (which will take longer if using brown rice), discard the herbs, stir in the cheese and serve.

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