Any-Night Baked Rice Photo Winner + What to Serve with This All-Time-Great French Recipe for Rice

Everyone on my facebook page liked this photo best.

Everyone on my facebook page liked this photo best.

Congratulations, Deb Wiley. You handily won the Any-Night Baked Rice Photo Contest! Truth is, I didn’t have that many entries: I think that after I posted Deb’s photos on my facebook page, everyone else threw in the towel! Deb’s photos were just so pretty, and perfectly show the “every grain stands apart” perfection of this recipe.

Deb, you win a signed copy of my cookbook; but methinks you already have it! Email me and we’ll talk about a substitute prize. You are the best.

So. Here’s the recipe for Any-Night Baked Rice; everyone agrees that it’s an all-out winner. If you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out on the simple-yet-lovely French cooking that this blog (and my book) are all about.

I love serving it especially with braises, pot roasts, and stews, because it’s the perfect “sponge” to sop up the wonderful sauces (or gravies!). A few suggestions:

1. Chicken Calvados/Chicken Normandy

Chicken Calvados, flavored with the famous apple brandy of Normandy.

Chicken Calvados. The Any-Night Baked Rice, in the photo above, is a shoo-in.

 

2. Smothered Flat-Iron Steaks

Braised flat-iron steaks, adapted from Molly Stevens's braising book. Quite possibly my favorite recipe discovery in years. Great with Any-Night Baked Rice.

Braised flat-iron steaks, adapted from Molly Stevens’s braising book. Quite possibly my favorite recipe discovery in years. Great with Any-Night Baked Rice.

 

3. French Pan-Fried Trout (or, frankly, any fish or seafood with a bit of sauce).

Trout ménage-à-Trois: With Pistachios, celery, and garlic. It's inexpensive and good—and you can substitute just about any fish with this preparation.

Trout ménage-à-Trois: With Pistachios, celery, and garlic. It’s inexpensive and good—and you can substitute just about any fish with this preparation.

4. Chicken with Sherry, Oranges, and Shallots

 

5. Blanquette of Pork

Blanquette of Pork. It's pictured here with noodles, but I usually serve it with Any-Night Baked Rice.

Blanquette of Pork. It’s pictured here with noodles, but I usually serve it with Any-Night Baked Rice.

 

Well, that ought to get you started! As you probably guessed, Any-Night Baked Rice goes with many entrées, but this season, it’s especially great with just about any braised recipes; if you want an entire list of the best braised recipe on this site, see this post: What to Cook in Your Braiser.

 

 

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