An easy side dish for your family, this rice with apples and Craisins (dried cranberries) will be a recipe you will make often. The warm apples and dried cranberries blend perfectly with the hot rice dish. The flavors just pop!
Talk about a yummy twist to an old favorite. Do you eat a lot of rice at your house? We do.
With four kids, rice is a cheap and easy side dish that can get on the table fast. Sometimes, however, it is nice to shake things up a bit. Sometimes, you just need a change. Rice with apples and Craisins is a great new recipe that uses classic ingredients.
There are only 4 ingredients in this recipe and you likely have them already at home. This recipe consists of white rice, apples, dried cranberries and chicken broth.
The combination of flavors makes everything pop in your mouth. The warm apples compliment the dried cranberries, which of course, gets fuller when introduced to the warmth of the rice.
Oh, it is a hand in hand process.
Cooking the rice in the chicken broth will add so much flavor to this dish. While the rice is cooking, start chopping the apples.
When the rice is done cooking, add the apples and dried cranberries then cover with a lid. (Be sure to remove from heat.)
If you use the boil in a bag instant rice, cook as directed then put the rice in the pot. Next, add the apples and Craisins. Then cover.
The rice will sit for 5 minutes to soften up the apples and dried cranberries. Fluff it with a fork after the 5 minutes are up and you are good to go. Delicious!
What are some main dish ideas to go with this recipe?
:: Do I have to use dried cranberries? No. You can use dried blueberries or dried cherries. I don't recommend using raisins, though you are certainly welcome to give it a try. I don't feel it would add as much flavor as the other options. Golden raisins may be an option, however.
:: Can I store leftovers? Will they keep? Yes, you can and they will. I do recommend storing it in an air tight container in the refrigerator for no longer than two days. The apples may brown a little.
:: Do I have to use chicken broth? Can I just use water? Yes, you can. Chicken broth adds so much flavor to the rice, however, I have made it with just water and it was fine. Just substitute even amounts of chicken broth for the water.
This rice dish couldn't get any simpler. It is extremely kid friendly and your family will love the pop of flavors next to the rice.
Rice With Apples And Craisins
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup white rice
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup chopped apple Gala, Golden Delicious
- Cook rice according to package directions, using water and chicken broth as the liquid
- After rice is finished cooking, turn off heat and add dried cranberries and apple pieces
- Stir to mix and fluff rice
- Cover pot with a lid and let sit for 5 minutes
- Fluff rice again with a spoon and serve