Macadamia Pilaf

When Ivalee Sinclair's children were growing up, this rich pilaf, lavishly topped with Hawaiian macadamia nuts, was a family tradition. Now her children make it for their families.
Makes 10 or 11 servings


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1/3 cup (1/6 lb.) butter or margarine
3/4 cup (4 oz.) salted roasted macadamia nuts, very coarsely chopped
1 onion (1/2 lb.), chopped
3 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
2 2/3 cups short- or medium-grain white rice
4 cups chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
2 tablespoons chopped parsley


1. In a 10- to 12-inch frying pan over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add the macadamia nuts and stir until slightly darker brown, about 3 minutes. Scrape from pan into small bowl and set aside.

2. Add remaining butter, onion, and garlic to pan. Stir often over medium-high heat until onion is limp, about 5 minutes.

3. Add rice and stir often until grains turn opaque, about 5 minutes.

4. Add the broth and pepper. Heat to a simmer. Pour the mixture into a shallow 2 1/2- to 3-quart casserole; cover tightly.

5. Bake in a 375° oven until rice is tender to bite, 40 to 45 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with nuts and parsley.

Created date

October 2003

Nutritional Information

Calories 315
Caloriesfromfat 40 %
Protein 5.4 g
Fat 14 g
Satfat 4.9 g
Carbohydrate 42 g
Fiber 0.9 g
Sodium 140 mg
Cholesterol 16 mg