Farm to Fork: Rice addthis
Farm to Fork: Rice
Chef Sharon Vaknin is back in the kitchen creating dishes that turn rice from a simple grain into an important recipe option for your dinner table. Ready for rice stuffed Cornish game hens? Or how about an unusual rice pudding recipe for dessert?

Creamy Rice Pudding with Caramelized Peaches Recipe
Creamy Rice Pudding with Caramelized Peaches

4 tbsp dark brown sugar
1 tbsp butter, melted
3 peaches, quartered

¾ cup Arborio rice, cooked
2 cups skim milk
¼ cup white sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 egg, whisked
1 tsp cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 400. Combine brown sugar, butter, and peaches in a baking dish, and bake for 15 minutes, or until peaches are soft and caramelized.

2. In a medium-sized pot, combine arborio rice, 1 ½ cups milk, white sugar, and a pinch of salt. Simmer over medium heat, until rice has absorbed the milk.

3. In a small bowl, whisk the egg, and add a small spoonful of rice to temper it.

3. Add remaining ½ cup milk, vanilla extract, egg, and cinnamon to pot of rice. Stir and cook for 1-2 more minutes, until pudding is thick and creamy.

4. To serve pudding, place in individual serving dishes and top with a slice of caramelized peach. If desired, garnish with basil.


Rice Pilaf-Stuffed Cornish Hens Recipe
Rice Pilaf-Stuffed Cornish Hens

1 cup brown rice, cooked in chicken stock
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, diced
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cinnamon
1 carrot, shredded
3 tbsp cranberries
3 tbsp slivered almonds
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
2 cornish game hens

1. Preheat oven to 400. Remove hens from refrigerator to take the chill off while stuffing is prepared.

2. In a large pan, heat olive oil and saute onion until slightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add in garlic, paprika, cinnamon, carrots, almonds, and cranberries. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Finally, add cooked brown rice and saute for 3-4 more minutes.

4. Place hens on roasting pan, and stuff each generously with pilaf. Season each hen with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for 30-45 minutes, or until hens are cooked through.



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