Asparagus Rice Au Gratin on Onion Rafts

1-2/3 cup water
4 tbsp. butter or margarine
1 pkg (4.8 oz.) Uncle Ben's country inn brand rice dishes 10 minute recipes asparagus au gratin
1 very lg. Spanish onion (about 1 lb.)
1/4 cup diced tomato

Combine water, 2 tablespoons of the butter and contents of rice and seasoning packets in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover tightly and simmer 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. While rice simmers, cut center of onion into four 1/2 inch thick slices; peel off skin. Place on 15x10 inch jelly roll pan. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter; brush half over onions. Broil 5 to 6 inches from heat source 5 minutes; turn carefully with spatula and brush with remaining butter. Broil 5 minutes or until dark golden brown. Remove rice from heat. Let stand covered 5 minutes, or until desired consistency. With spatula, place onion rafts on serving plate. Mound rice onto rafts; sprinkle with tomato.

Makes 4 servings

If outer skin of onion curls up, discard before turning.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana