This is an arabic recipe that my Mother has been making for years. Everytime I make it, people go crazy over it. It's easy and the most delicious rice dish you'll ever have. Thanks Mom for being such a wonderful cook! Sorry for no photos, but will add then later.
1In saucepan, melt 1 stick of butter until beginning to turn brown.
2Crumble in the birds nest and stir till pasta turns light brown. Immediately add the rice and 2 cups of chicken stock.
note - the birds nest pasta can be found in any grocery store. Comes in a bag with multiple pasta nests inside. Once the bag is open, store the remaining nests in a container to preserve freshness.
3Bring to a boil.
4Add 1 cup of the dates, cinnamon and salt. Stir. Once at a boil turn down to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
5When the rice is almost done, in a small frying pan, melt 1/2 stick butter and saute the other cup of dates and a small package of slivered almonds (not sliced) until the almonds are a light brown. They will start to caramelize - don't overcook. Set aside
6To serve the rice, place on a pretty oval platter. Sprinkle with more cinnamon and spread the sauteed dates and almonds on top.