Following our family tradition, the extended family celebrated Christmas at our house. I had to work on the morning of Christmas Eve, so I planned an easy dinner. The main dish was a spiral-cut ham. I asked Hubby Tony and each of the kids to be in charge of a dish--cole slaw, a veggie tray with two types of dips, a bread tray, and desserts. I made pans of macaroni and cheese and Baked Brown Rice. It was easy to put the pans in the oven; all I had to do is remember to take them out at the right time!
BAKED BROWN RICE (Alton Brown)
1 1/2 cups brown rice, medium or short grain
2 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Place the rice into an 8-inch square glass baking dish.
Bring the water, butter, and salt just to a boil in a kettle or covered saucepan. Once the water boils, pour it over the rice, stir to combine, and cover the dish tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 1 hour.
After 1 hour, remove cover and fluff the rice with a fork. Serve immediately.