Get creative and try many variations of this slow-cooker pilaf recipe. Sub dried cranberries, blueberries or apricots for the cherries--or use them all. Just be sure to use a dried fruit. You can also swap the hazelnuts for pecans, if desired.

Barry Estabrook
Everyday Slow Cooker
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Melt the butter in a medium-sized nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add the onions; cook, stirring often, until tender and translucent, 5 minutes. Add the rice, and toss to coat, about 1 minute. Transfer the mixture to a 6-quart slow cooker.

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  • Stir in the chicken stock, salt, and pepper. Cover and cook on HIGH until the rice is tender and the liquid is nearly absorbed, 2 to 3 hours. Turn the slow cooker off; stir in the cherries. Cover and let stand 15 minutes. Stir in the scallions and vinegar. Sprinkle with the hazelnuts; toss gently, and serve immediately.

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Multicooker Directions: In Step 1, remove the lid from a 6-quart multicooker. Add the butter to the inner pot. Press SAUTÉ [Normal], and melt the butter. Add the onions; cook uncovered, stirring often, until tender and translucent. Turn off the cooker. Add the rice, tossing to coat, about 1 minute. In Step 2, stir in the chicken stock, salt, and pepper. Lock the lid; turn Pressure Valve to "Venting." Cook on SLOW COOK [More] until the rice is tender and the liquid is nearly absorbed, about 3 hours. Turn off the cooker; stir in the cherries. Replace the lid; let stand 15 minutes. Finish Step 2.

Nutrition Facts

232 calories; protein 5g 10% DV; carbohydrates 37g 12% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 3g 12% DV; sugars 8g; fat 7g 11% DV; saturated fat 1g 5% DV; cholesterol -1mg; vitamin a iu -1IU; vitamin c -1mg -2% DV; folate -1mcg; calcium -1mg; iron -1mg -6% DV; magnesium -1mg; potassium -1mg; sodium 294mg 12% DV; thiamin -1mg -100% DV; added sugar 3g.