I received a slow cooker as a gift from my family a number of years ago, and while I like the convenience of cooking meals in it, I haven’t found a whole lot of recipes that I would like to try, or, having tried them, would want to make them again. But this brown rice recipe is different. I first discovered it in a slow cooker magazine and modified it to my preferences. It has become a staple in my repertoire. Healthful, easy, and delicious? What more can you ask?
Slow Cooker Brown Rice with Cheese, Onions, and Shallots
2 cups uncooked brown rice, rinsed
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
5 cups low sodium chicken broth, (or use vegetable broth for a vegetarian dish)
2 to 3 onions, diced
2 shallots, diced
2 cups (8 oz) grated cheddar cheese
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1) Combine rice and butter in a 4-quart slow cooker.
2) Add broth and stir mixture. Cover and let sit for at least a few hours, preferably overnight.
3) Add onions and shallots to the rice mixture, and stir to combine.
4) Cover and cook on high for about 4 hours, until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.
5) Stir in cheese about 5 minutes before serving.
6) Add pepper to taste.
- Letting the rice sit overnight in the broth will help it fully cook all the way through. If you start cooking right after adding the broth, the rice may not cook all the way through, leaving you with hard grains of partially cooked rice.
- To reheat, just steam the rice by placing it in a shallow bowl over a rack in a pan of water.
How do you use your slow cooker? What types of meals have you prepared in it? Please share in the comments.