Sunday, February 10, 2008

Greek Rice Pilaf

This is the rice we made with our Greek Christmas dinner. It's a great side dish with meat or fish. It does kind of have an interesting/different taste, but to me it's a good kind of different.

1 1/2 cups rice (uncooked)
1-2 T olive oil
1/2 cup onion, minced
1 small stalk celery, chopped
1/2 t salt
1/2 cup sunflower seeds or pine nuts
black pepper to taste
2 T lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh minced parsley (or used dried and cut amount way down)
1 T dried mint

Cook rice in rice maker or on stove top. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add onion, celery, and salt, and saute until tender, 5-8 minutes. Add the pine nuts, pepper, and garlic, and saute another 5 minutes. Mix in the rice, lemon juice, and herbs.


Peterson Fam said...

Look at you with the cute plate and picture! So is the rice minty? It looks great! I think I must be hungry!

Janell said...

I don't know how to explain it exactly--the lemon juice and mint give it kind of a pop. It's more flavorful than most rice pilafs. I had the picture from when I blogged about it at Christmas time. (We did a Greek Christmas dinner.)

reclectica said...

Crumbled feta cheese on top makes this perfect.