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Almond Rice Pilaf Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup orzo
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1/2 cup toasted almond slices or slivers
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
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Ditch the boxed “San Francisco Treat!” Homemade Almond Rice Pilaf is super easy to prepare, and incredibly delicious. Toasted almonds add a beautiful crunchy texture to this dish. This savory rice recipe makes for a lovely side dish for almost any protein. Alternatively, make as a vegetarian rice pilaf by simply substituting vegetable broth for the chicken stock.

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WHAT IS RICE PILAF?

Rice Pilaf is basically white rice amped up a bit, with very little effort.

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST ALMOND RICE PILAF

For the fluffiest and tastiest homemade rice pilaf, be sure to follow these tips:

  • be sure the stock mixture is HOT prior to adding to the orzo/rice
  • adjust the seasonings to your liking
  • toast the orzo to brown, do NOT burn
  • use a medium- or long-grain rice
  • RINSE the rice
  • broken spaghetti can be a great alternative to orzo
  • toast the almonds, do NOT burn
  • taste for salt

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

As mentioned earlier, this lovely Almond Rice Pilaf recipe is a perfect accompaniment to any protein. This rice dish was amazing paired with Dover Sole Meunière. Additionally, enjoy this nutty rice recipe with any of the following:

LEFTOVER ALMOND RICE PILAF

Leftovers are amazing, and can be enjoyed for up to three or four days, stored in the fridge.

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a pan of almond rice pilaf

ALMOND RICE PILAF


Description

Ditch the boxed “San Francisco Treat!” Homemade Almond Rice Pilaf is super easy to prepare, and incredibly delicious. Toasted almonds add a beautiful crunchy texture to this dish. This side dish was prepared to accompany my lovely Dover Sole Meunière. This savory rice recipe makes for a lovely side dish for almost any protein. Alternatively, make as a vegetarian rice pilaf by simply substituting vegetable broth for the chicken stock.


Ingredients

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  • 2 3/4 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup orzo pasta
  • 1 cup medium-grain rice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds or sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, heat up the chicken broth, butter, kosher salt, black pepper and paprika.
  2. Rinse the rise until the water runs clear. Reserve.
  3. In a separate pan, add the olive oil and orzo. Toast the orzo until it’s browned.
  4. Add in the minced garlic and shallot. Allow to cook for just a minute.
  5. Add in the rice. Season with a touch more kosher salt.
  6. Pour in the hot stock. Mix.
  7. Cover and allow the mixture to simmer on low for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  8. As the rice is simmering, toast the almonds in a pan.
  9. Once the rice is finished, fluff with a fork. 
  10. Add in the toasted almonds and fresh parsley. 
  11. Mix.
  12. Serve and ENJOY!

Notes

SEE POST FOR NOTES!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving

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