Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Moroccan Rice Pilaf

Serve this aromatic side dish with local grass-fed sausage (we chose chorizo...the spice is great with the sweetness of this dish) or some chick peas or both. OR cook this up and stuff a delicata squash with it!

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1-2 carrots, peeled and diced small
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup brown rice
3 cups chicken broth or water (or a mixture of white wine and water)
1/3 cup dried currants
Zest of 1 orange
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or 1 tsp Tabasco sauce
1 1/2 tbsp fresh chives (optional)
chopped walnuts or sliced almonds
1 tbsp butter
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

In a large skillet (one that has a top), heat the olive oil and saute the onion until lightly browned. Add the rice and cook, stirring constantly, until the rice is slightly browned. Add the liquid and cover the skillet, bringing to a boil on high heat. As the liquid comes to a boil turn heat to low. Add the diced carrots, cinnamon, zest, currants, and cayenne pepper. Cook on low heat until rice has absorbed most of the liquid. While you are waiting for the rice to cook, heat the butter in a small skillet, add nuts, and saute until golden, sprinkling with pepper and salt to season. Set sauteed nuts aside in a serving dish. Turn off the heat when there is just a small amount of water left in the pan and allow mixture to sit with the cover on for about 15-20 minutes. At this point, season to taste with a little salt (1/4 - 1/2 tsp will be sufficient) if you desire. Serve with sauteed nuts.


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With a degree in Restaurant Managment and Nutrition and a background in and love of the culinary arts, Jess is able to whip up delicious yet nutritious meals. She gardens extensively and uses what she grows to feed her family not only during the summer and fall but throughout the winter and spring by preserving and freezing the fresh produce. She is committed to growing, buying, and eating as much local food as possible. She started this blog to spread information about eating locally and its benefits. She also wanted to have a forum to share the recipes she uses and the stories she writes. She would love the opportunity to be able to share this knowledge to increase the amount of people using local and organic products.
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