Turkish Rice-A-Roni

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by COOKGIRl

Made this up the other night. Turkish Rice-a-Roni! The Ankara city treat!!

Top Review by Annacia

This tastes far better than that box mix by the same name. I used chicken broth and served with lemon garlic chicken. I just love dried apricots with chicken and know that this was going to be a hit when I first read it. It couldn't be much easier and the wonderful fragrance from the pot fills the kitchen and makes you wish you could bottle it. Thanks so much Cookgirl. :D

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. NOTE: If using spaghetti, break up the strands into small 1/4" pieces using a rolling pin.
  2. Heat up 3 tablespoons of butter on medium heat until the butter smells nutty but NOT burnt.
  3. Sautè the rice with the orzo, leek (or onion), cinnamon stick and allspice until rice grains and pasta glisten and are lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the tomato and broth; bring to a boil.
  5. Lower heat to simmer, cover and cook for 18-20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
  6. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter on low-medium heat and lightly toast the almonds.
  7. Stir in the raisins and dried apricots, stirring until dried fruit is very slightly plump. This will only take a minute.
  8. Set the almond/dried fruit mixture aside.
  9. Once the rice is done cooking, stir in the almond/dried fruit, parsley and mint.
  10. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Remove cinnamon stick before serving.

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