Cranberry-Walnut Rice

This easy side dish went with the pork recipe that I made tonight, and it was fantastic! It has a lot of flavor from the combination of sweet cranberries and crunchy walnuts, and the bite of the green onion was the perfect topping. This would be great with a lot of different main courses. The orzo got a little lost for me, but it tasted wonderful either way. I'll definitely make this one again.

Cranberry-Walnut Rice
30-Minute Meals - Rachael Ray

Serves 6

After beginning the meal with Apple-Scented Fondue, serve this rice alongside Potted Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Onions.

2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup orzo
1 1/2 cups long grain white rice
About 2 2/3 cups chicken stock
A generous handful of dried, sweetened cranberries, such as Ocean Spray brand Craisins
1/3 cup walnut pieces, toasted
4 scallions, thinly sliced on an angle

Heat the butter over medium heat in a saucepot. Add the orzo and toast until golden.

Stir in the rice; add the stock and cranberries. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer. Cover and cook until tender, 15-18 minutes.

Fluff the rice and combine with the walnuts and scallions to serve.

Big Flavors Rating: 5 Stars

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