Orphan's Rice

Orphan's Rice Recipe
The name of this dish comes from the Spanish name, which loosely translated means "feast for orphans." The original recipe used white rice and saffron; we used packaged yellow rice to streamline.


Makes 6 to 8 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook: 30 Minutes
Stand: 10 Minutes


1 tablespoon butter
3/4 cup pecan halves
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/3 cup pine nuts
1/2 small onion, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 (10-ounce) package yellow rice
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
1/4 cup finely chopped ham
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley


Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add pecan halves, almonds, and pine nuts, and saute, stirring often, 3 minutes or until almonds are light golden brown.

Sauté onion and garlic in hot oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until tender. Add rice, and sauté, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Add broth, and cook rice 18 minutes. Remove from heat.

Stir in nuts, bacon, ham, and parsley. Cover and let stand 10 minutes.

Note: We like to use three different nuts for this recipe; however, feel free to use all the same variety.

February 2003
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