Surprise your guests with this colorful dish. It's a great way to use fresh pumpkin. Chopped apricots add a bit of sweetness to what is sure to become a holiday favorite.
INGREDIENTS (for 6 servings):
- 1/2 cup uncooked white rice
- 1 3/4 cups water, divided
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 cup chopped onions
- 6 cups peeled, seeded and diced sugar pumpkin
- 1 cup chopped dried apricots
- 1 teaspoon salt
In a saucepan bring 1 cup water to a boil. Add rice and stir. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and stir in the onions. Slowly cook and stir onions until soft. Mix in the pumpkin, apricots, salt and 3/4 cup water. Cook 20 minutes.
Mix rice into the pumpkin mixture. Continue cooking 10 minutes, or until pumpkin is tender.