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Rice salad with ham, sugar snap peas and provolone

Sugar snap peas have always frustrated me -- not because they don't taste good, but because there never seemed to be anything I could do to make them taste better. Eaten straight out of hand, they're like some miracle vegetable: ... Read more

Total time: 45 minutes | Serves 6 to 8
  • 2 cups rice
  • Salt
  • 1 pound ham, cut in 1/2-inch dice
  • 3/4 pound sugar snap peas (trim and string if necessary)
  • 2 tablespoons Sherry vinegar, divided
  • 3/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 ounces sharp provolone, cut in 1/2-inch dice

Step 1Place the rice in a large saucepan, cover generously with water and add 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil, add the ham and reduce the heat to cook at a simmer. When the rice is tender, about 15 to 20 minutes, add the sugar snap peas, then immediately drain the rice, ham and peas and rinse them lightly in running water.

Step 2Empty the mixture into a bowl and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon vinegar. Add the green onions and mix well. Spread as thin as possible across the bottom of the bowl to cool and dry.

Step 3Just before serving, mix together the remaining tablespoon of vinegar and the olive oil. Add this dressing to the rice along with the provolone and mix everything together well. Taste and adjust the seasoning for salt. Serve at room temperature.

Note: In this recipe, the rice is cooked almost like pasta, in plenty of water. That keeps the starch from coating the kernels after it is drained. Do start it in cold water though, so the starch will soften gradually. And make sure the rice is pretty well cooked; it will firm up as it cools.
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