We found a way to Southern-up plain rice, and no surprise—it's delicious.

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Credit: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

Recipe Summary

total:
25 mins
hands-on:
5 mins
Yield:
Makes 6 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Bring tea to a boil in a 3-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat; stir in rice and salt. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 20 minutes or until tea is absorbed and rice is tender.

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Chef's Notes

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Sweet Tea Rice with Caramelized Onions: Prepare recipe as directed. Meanwhile, melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add 1 diced, large sweet onion, and sauté 20 minutes or until caramel colored. Stir in 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Stir in hot cooked rice. Hands-on time: 25 min.; Total time: 25 min.

Sweet Tea Rice Tabbouleh: Prepare recipe as directed. Transfer rice to a large bowl, and let cool completely (about 30 minutes). Stir in 2 seeded and diced plum tomatoes, 3 thinly sliced green onions, 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley, 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint, 3 Tbsp. olive oil, 2 tsp. lemon zest, 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Cover and chill 1 hour. Hands-on time: 10 min.; Total time: 2 hr.

Sweet Tea Rice with Fresh Ginger and Pears: Prepare recipe as directed. Meanwhile, melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add 2 minced large shallots, and sauté 1 minute. Add 1 peeled and diced large pear, 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger, 1/2 tsp. pepper, and 1/4 tsp. salt, and sauté 5 minutes or until pear is tender. Stir in hot cooked rice. Hands-on time: 10 min.; Total time: 25 min.

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