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Saffron-scented rice with raisins is the perfect side dish.



  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter or margarine, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch of saffron, crumbled
  • Dash of pepper
  • 2 cans (10-1/2 ounces each) condensed beef consomme
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 cup California raisins


Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in heavy skillet. Add rice; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Add seasonings, consomme and water. Cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes, or until rice is tender.

Meanwhile, thinly slice onion and sauté in remaining 2 tablespoons butter until soft and tender; set aside. Stir raisins into hot cooked rice; let stand 5 minutes before serving. Mound rice on serving platter and garnish with sautéed onions.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 220 (24% from fat); Total Fat 6g (sat 3g, mono 2g, poly 0g, trans 0g ); Cholesterol 15mg; Protein 4g; Carbohydrate 38g; (Dietary Fiber 2g; Sugars 1g; ); Iron 2mg; Sodium 660mg; Calcium 22mg; Potassium 290mg

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