I have wanted to share this recipe for a long while - just never got around to it. It was given to me by my sister-in-law, Jami. It is wonderful with pork.
Apple cider to replace water for cooking rice, amount according to rice package
3 c. cooked long grain rice, (I like Jasmine rice) according to package*
½ c. raisins, plumped in hot cider
1 T. butter
½ c. chopped celery
½ c. chopped onion
¼ t. ground allspice
½ t. cinnamon
Salt and pepper to taste
1½ T. brown sugar
1 tart apple, cored and chopped (I used a SweeTango apple - yum!)
½ c. toasted almonds
*Cook rice according to package directions, substituting cider for water.
Plump raisins in warm water or warm cider to cover for 5 minutes; drain.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt butter and sauté celery and onion until onion is crisp-tender. Add spices and seasonings, brown sugar, cooked rice, and plumped raisins. Heat thoroughly. Stir in chopped apple and remove from heat. Cover and let stand 5 minutes. Sprinkle with toasted almonds. Great with pork.