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    Turkish Rice-A-Roni

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    35 mins

    15 mins

    20 mins

    Cookgirl's Note:

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

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

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 28, 2012


      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

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    • on February 24, 2011


      Delicious rice!!! I loved the sweetness of the apricots in this. I made ours gluten free by using crushed up penne rice pasta. I used unsalted butter, cooking onion, canned & fresh tomato, homemade chicken stock, slivered almonds, washed yellow raisins, sea salt, and the rest! I served this with Greek Lemon Chicken Kabobs With Mint Marinade, Fresh Yogurt Sauce for Grilled Meat or Fish, no dill & a version of Spinach Salad With Feta Cheese for a very tasty meal. I would definitely make this again. Made for NA*ME Tag! Come play!!

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    • on February 15, 2009


      I just needed a quick rice dish to go with my meal & randomly chose this. And glad I did!! It was better than my main! This had lots of flavour & we liked the mint. I also used homemade chicken stock, yellow onion, but I didn't have any nuts or dried fruit on hand. Didn't matter though - very good! THanks!

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    Nutritional Facts for Turkish Rice-A-Roni

    Serving Size: 1 (141 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 415.6
    Calories from Fat 135
    Total Fat 15.0 g
    Saturated Fat 7.7 g
    Cholesterol 30.5 mg
    Sodium 112.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 63.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.9 g
    Sugars 8.8 g
    Protein 8.1 g

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