Recipe by Brynie Greisman

Festive Baked Rice

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Parve Parve
Easy Easy
8 Servings


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Flavored with both fresh and dried fruit, this rice is perfect for Tu B’Shevat. The apples add a tad of piquancy, while the dried fruit adds a welcome but not overwhelming sweetness, complementing the savory flavor. Everyone had doubles!


Festive Baked Rice

  • 4 tablespoons Gefen Olive Oil, divided

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 1 stalk celery, diced

  • 1 large clove garlic, minced or 1 cube Gefen Frozen Garlic

  • 1 3-and 1/2-ounce (100-gram) package Gefen Roasted Chestnuts, chopped

  • 3 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced

  • 3 pieces (sugar-free) dried mango, chopped

  • 2 pieces (sugar-free) dried pineapple, chopped

  • 2 cups white or brown rice (see note)

  • salt, to taste (be generous)

  • pepper, to taste (be generous)

  • 4 cups boiling water


Prepare the Festive Baked Rice


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius).


In a low, wide (five-liter) pot, heat three tablespoons olive oil over medium heat.


Add onion and sauté five minutes, turning up heat for the last minute. Lower heat and add celery and garlic; sauté for three minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chestnuts and apples; sauté an additional three minutes. Add dried fruit and sauté an additional two minutes.


Add rice and remaining tablespoon of oil and sauté for two to three minutes, stirring every so often. Remove from heat; add salt and pepper and mix together.


Pour the veggie-rice mixture into a 9×13-inch (23×33-centimeter) oven to table dish (or a foil pan lined with parchment paper). Add four cups boiling water over all, mix gently, cover, and bake for 45 minutes. Let sit covered for a few minutes to steam before serving.


I like using white basmati rice here, but you can use the rice of your choice.
Round white rice is also good.


Styling and Photography by Sina Mizrahi

Festive Baked Rice

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