Baked Rice with Mushrooms

This relatively simple side dish is very flavorful and special enough to serve while entertaining.

Servings: 6 (1 cup each)

4 oz. white button mushrooms
2 cups Chicken Stock or vegetable stock
1/2 small onion
1 Tbsp. butter

1 cup long grain rice
2 bay leaves
1/4 tsp. dry thyme

Prepare vegetables
Preheat the oven to 350-degrees F. Wash mushrooms, slice thin, and set aside. Chop half onion into a small dice, should yield approximately 1/2 cup. Heat a Dutch oven or oven-safe pot over medium heat on the stove. Melt butter in pan. Add onions and saute for 3 minutes.

Brown rice
Add rice to the onion in the Dutch oven and cook until brown, approximately 5 minutes.

Add seasonings and stock
Add remaining ingredients including mushrooms to the rice and onions. Cover and bring to a boil. Transfer Dutch oven to the oven and bake for 15 minutes.

Serve warm as a side dish.

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