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    Making Mayo’s Recipes: Cranberry pecan rice pilaf

a bowl of cranberry rice pilafIt only takes a few minutes to turn a side dish of plain rice into cranberry pecan rice pilaf. Reinvent brown rice with the simple addition of cranberries, pecans, fresh thyme and sauteed celery. Once you get the hang of this formula to bulk up rice, change the nuts and dried fruit to suit your taste.

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  1. 2 cups cooked brown basmati rice, room temperature
  2. 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  3. 1 cup chopped onion
  4. 3/4 cup chopped celery
  5. 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  6. 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  7. 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  8. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


Warm a large nonstick saute pan to medium heat. Add the olive oil, and saute the onion and celery. Once the vegetables become soft and tender, add the cooked rice, pecans, cranberries, thyme and salt. Mix until combined and warmed through.