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Simple Buttered Rice
This method of cooking the rice enhances the individual grains and brings out its buttery flavor.

6 cups water
1 cup Delta Blues Long Grain Rice
3 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Adjust oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 300 degrees.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a heavy-bottomed large saucepan (4 quart works well) bring the water and 1 tablespoon of salt to a boil over high heat. Add the rice, stir once, and return to a boil; as soon as the water begins to boil, reduce the heat to low. Simmer gently, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the rice is just tender with no hard starch at its center, about 15 minutes.

Drain the rice and rinse well with cool water. Shake the colander to drain off more water. Spread the rice evenly on the baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the oven and cook for about 5 minutes, gently turning the rice with a spatula a few times. Evenly distribute the butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Return the baking sheet to the oven and allow the rice to warm through, occasionally turning the rice, until the butter has melted and the rice is hot, about 5 minutes more. Serve immediately.

photo by Jennifer Johnson | The Coastal Table