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    Bulgar Pilaf With Chestnuts and Spicy Tangerine Brown Butter

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    Kumquat the Cat's friend's Note:

    Browned butter is the secret force in Turkish cooking, says Ms. Akin, an expert in Ottoman palace cuisine. This is from a cooking column by Melissa Clark in the 12/5 edition of the New York Times. I reduced the oil and butter (or will as soon as I make this recipe). Use 1 and 4 tablespoons, respectively, if you'd prefer.

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    1. 1
      Heat oil with 1 teaspoon butter in a 3 quart saucepan. When butter melts, add onion and saute until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add bulgur and allspice, and saute for 2 minutes longer.
    2. 2
      Stir in the broth, chestnuts and raisins, and bring to a vigorous boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and let cook until bulgur is tender, all liquid is absorbed and there appear to be holes or "eyes" (when it looks at you, it's done) in the surface of the bulgur, about 15 to 20 minutes.
    3. 3
      Turn off heat, place a clean dish towel or paper towel between top of pot and lid, and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes longer.
    4. 4
      Meanwhile, melt remaining butter in a small skillet. When white foam falls to the bottom of the pan and starts to smell nutty (about 3 minutes, but timing will depend on the amount of butter you use), add zest and red pepper. Cook for 30 seconds longer, then turn off heat.
    5. 5
      To serve, mound pilaf onto a platter and drizzle butter and red pepper mixture on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon and garnish with dill.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 24, 2009


    • on January 18, 2009


      This was very delicious! There were so many flavors going on here that melded together beautifully. I couldn't find any chestnuts, so I used cashews instead. Also, I drizzled the butter mixture over each individual serving and then sqeezed a little tangerine juice over it. Yum!!

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    • on June 03, 2008


      DELICIOUS. The flavours are divine, and its far easier than I thought it would be. (It looks so hard to a noob like me!) I used marg and paprika instead of the chilli. Healthy, scrummy, different - my only complaint is that there isn't enough of those perfect flavours that so wonderfully meld together and compliment each other! I would suggest making 2 tablespoons of the butter dressing with a teaspoon of orange zest and 1/2 teaspoon of chilli per serving. It may be less pretty, but I'd serve the butter on the side so that you don't have some bits all yummily flavoured ans some plainer parts. I'd also chop up the chestnuts into bitesize pieces - mine were whole. Thanks so much! <3, the NOOBchef.

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    Nutritional Facts for Bulgar Pilaf With Chestnuts and Spicy Tangerine Brown Butter

    Serving Size: 1 (67 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 278.9
    Calories from Fat 44
    Total Fat 4.8 g
    Saturated Fat 2.1 g
    Cholesterol 7.6 mg
    Sodium 32.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 55.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 11.9 g
    Sugars 5.8 g
    Protein 8.0 g

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    vegetable broth

    vegetable broth


    tangerine zest

    fresh dill sprigs

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