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Best Baked Rice Pilaf
2 Tablespoons Butter
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/2 Onion, Chopped
2 Cups Long-Grain White Rice
3 Cups Chicken Stock
1 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
1 Pinch Saffron (optional)
1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Melt butter and olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until onion is lightly browned, 7 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat.
Combine rice and onion mixture in a 9×13-inch casserole dish placed on a baking sheet. Stir thoroughly to coat the rice.
Combine chicken stock, salt, saffron, and cayenne pepper in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes.
Pour chicken stock mixture over rice in the casserole dish and stir to combine. Spread mixture evenly along the bottom of the pan. Cover tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil.
Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove foil and fluff with a fork to separate the grains of rice.
Variation add 6 Tablespoons of toasted pine nuts for additional flavor toss and serve.