Herbed Rice (Sabzi Polo)
Sabzi polo is a staple on the Persian New Year's table. It's made with basmati rice and layers of fresh herbs, but what is most coveted is the tahdig--the crunchy crust that forms on the bottom of the pot during cooking.
New Mexican Rice
For his tangy and fragrant rice, chef Hugh Acheson makes sofrito, a classic blend of onion, peppers and garlic. He adds even more flavor to the dish with tomatillo, diced tomatoes and cumin.
Basmati Rice with Dill and Barberries
Jessica Koslow of Sqirl in Los Angeles is known for her rice bowls topped with cooked and raw vegetables, pickles, proteins and crispies. This light and fragrant rice would make a great base for a bowl or for Thanksgiving leftovers. It's also great on its own as a side dish.
Rice Pudding with Poached Rhubarb
This vanilla-flecked rice pudding is exceptionally easy and exceptionally delicious, thanks to the tangy rhubarb. Krista Desjarlais, the chef-owner of Bresca in Portland, Maine, gently poaches the stalks in red wine, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon. Perfect on the pudding, the rhubarb would be equally good with Greek yogurt.
Pork Fried Rice
Chicago shoppers are in luck: Takashi Yagihashi (an F&W Best New Chef 2000) has a Japanese-style noodle shop in the Macy's on State Street. On his menu is this pork fried rice, his favorite childhood after-school snack.
Jamaican Rice and Peas
The coconut milk used to cook the rice add a subtle sweetness to this dish.
Creole Chicken and Ham Fried Rice
This fried rice, studded with sauteed chicken and smoky ham, is softer and moister than the Asian version. Any kind of long- or medium-grain white rice works nicely here.
New Orleans Red Beans and Rice with Pickled Peppers
All of the Alliums fried Rice
Blogger Molly Yeh uses a variety of onions to make her luscious fried rice, which gets supercrispy in the skillet.
Slow Cooker Rice Congee with Chicken
If you're in the mood for an authentic Asian dish, try slow cooking this meal to satiate that craving.
Brown Rice Salad with Cranberries, Walnuts, Mint, and Feta
This bright brown rice dish can be served warm, or chilled and served as a salad or side.
Kimchi Fried Rice
Andrew Zimmern got addicted to this rice dish on a recent trip to Hawaii. It's an awesome side for any Asian-inspired meal, or on its own for lunch with a crisp salad.
Gallo Pinto (Black Beans & Rice)
"In Nicaragua, gallo pinto is the great social equalizer," Cordua says. "It's part of almost every meal, whether you are rich, poor, white, black or native." He serves this black beans and rice dish to his family for breakfast or a late-night snack, adding crispy bits of fried onions.
Moroccan Rice Pudding with Toasted Almonds
Brown Rice Pilaf with Mushrooms
The wonderfully nutty and chewy brown rice in this simple pilaf is a great source of fiber.
Angry Pig Fried Rice
Kings County Imperial in Brooklyn serves this fresh-tasting, lighter version of fried rice. It has just the right amount of heat.
Chicken Soup with Jasmine Rice and Ginger
There may not be any clinical proof that ginger helps fight colds or the flu, but this supereasy, gingery chicken soup will undeniably make you feel better.
Chicken-and-Rice Salad with Pesto Yogurt Dressing
Dinner doesn't get much simpler than this: Boil some rice and toss it with pesto, yogurt, and rotisserie chicken from the supermarket. Leftover cooked chicken or turkey will work just fine, too.
Brown Rice with Truffle and Chive
White truffle oil is a wonderful but assertive flavor, and a little goes a long way. If you're unsure of how much truffle flavor you prefer, start with 1 teaspoon and add more to your own taste.
Soupy Rice with Chicken and Vegetables
Asopao de pollo, a Puerto Rican chicken-and-rice stew, is one of New York chef JJ Johnson’s childhood favorites, what he calls soupy rice with chicken and vegetables. Just like his grandmother did, Johnson stirs briny, pimiento-stuffed olives into the finished dish.
Caramelized Red Onion Rice with Tamarind
In Fresh India, Meera Sodha uses sweet-and-sour tamarind paste to turn plain rice into a show-stealing side. The tamarind is essential here; find it at well-stocked grocery stores and Indian markets.