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Pilafian's Pilaf

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This recipe for rice pilaf is from Peter Pilafian, my dad.  Our ancestors in Armenia were responsible for bringing the pilaf to the village feasts.

Recipe

Pilafian's Pilaf
Quantity Ingredient
  4 tablespoons   butter
  1 handful   fine egg noodles
  1 (large)   clove garlic, minced
  1/2 cup   chopped onion
  1 cup   sliced mushrooms
  1/2 teaspoon   dried dill weed
  1 cup   white rice (regular uncooked)
  2 cups   chicken broth
  1/2 teaspoon (or to taste)     salt
  1/2 cup   lightly toasted pine nuts (optional)  


Directions

1) Melt butter in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat.  Stir in noodles and let them brown (do not let butter or noodles burn).  Add garlic, onion, mushroom and dill weed.  Saute 3 minutes.  Stir in rice and saute until it takes on a whitish, non-translucent appearance.

2) Meanwhile, heat the broth and salt to boiling in another pan.  Pour over rice mixture and stir briefly.  Cover pan tightly and simmer 25-30 minutes (steam will subside toward end of cooking time).  Do not peek.

3) Remove pan from heat.  Toss pilaf lightly; then cover pan, placing a dry cloth of paper towel between pan and lid to absorb moisture.  Let stand 10 minutes (a very important step).  Serve topped with pine nuts, if desired.

Makes 6 servings.

Here's my dad just outside of
a village in Belize called Armenia.

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