Louisiana Pecan Rice

Roasting the pecans in a 350 degree oven for about ten minutes prior to adding them to the dish will intensify the flavor of this recipe. Ingredients: 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper 1/2 cup chopped celery 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning 1 cup uncooked Rice 4 cups beef broth 1 cup toasted pecans 1 teaspoon hot sauce 1/2 cup minced parsley 1/2 cup chopped green onions Directions: 1. Heat butter in saucepot over a medium heat. Add onion, celery and bell pepper and saute for 5 minutes. Turn heat up to high. 2. Add garlic and saute for an additional 2 minutes. Add Cajun seasoning, rice and cook for an additional minute. 3. Add 3 1/2 cups of beef broth, bring to boil and cook for 5 minutes. Lower heat to medium and stir in remaining 1/2 cup broth, pecans and hot sauce. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. 4. Remove from heat and stir in parsley and green onions. Yields 6 servings. Recipe compliments of Chef Patrick Mould.