2 cups wild rice (12 oz)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 cups chicken broth
4 cups water
2 teaspoons unsalted butter
1 cup sliced almonds (3 1/2 oz)
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1. Rinse rice in a large sieve under cold water, then drain.
2. Heat oil in a 5-quart heavy pot over moderate heat until hot but not smoking, then cook onion, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add rice and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Stir in broth and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until rice is tender (grains will split open), 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Drain well in sieve and transfer to a bowl.
3. While rice is cooking, melt butter in a 10-inch skillet over moderate heat until foam subsides, then cook almonds, stirring, until golden, about 3 minutes.
4. Add almonds, salt, and pepper to rice and stir gently to combine.
Makes 6 servings.