Serious Eats: Recipes
Cook the Book: Very Green Rice
Growing up in an Asian American household, it was always strange for me when I went over to a friend's house for dinner and there would be butter all over the fluffy white rice. Rice to me was always simply served plain to balance, but not interfere with, the bold savory dishes—plus, nothing beats the distinctive nutty scent of jasmine rice. My boyfriend shares this preference for plain old rice, but when I visited his family a few years ago, his mom made a really delicious green rice dish that blew me away and sounds just like Mollie Katzen's recipe for very green rice from The Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without. Herbs, garlic, and scallions are pulverized and mixed with rice to make a healthy but tasty and eye-catching side. Add some poblano peppers into the green mix and you'll have a great burrito stuffer, too.