Moroccan Rice Pilaf With Saffron

"This delicious rice pilaf can stand alone as a side dish, but it's great served as a bed for savory Recipe#414809. CREDIT: Christine Benlafquih"
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  • In a sauce pan, heat the stock almost to boiling.
  • Meanwhile, mix the remaining ingredients (except the saffron) in a very large skillet or shallow stock pot.
  • Cook the rice and vegetables over medium heat, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes, or until the onions are translucent and the rice begins to color.
  • Add the stock and saffron to the rice, stirring only once. Bring the stock to a simmer, and taste for salt.
  • Adjust the seasoning if desired.
  • Cover the rice, reduce the heat to low, and simmer gently and undisturbed, for about 25 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork, and serve.

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  1. daviddmoore
    This goes very well with Moroccan Chicken! I left out the peas, and baked @350 for 30 minutes after bringing broth to a boil with rice mixture. Rice turned out perfect! (I try to bake rice, because I always mess up stove top rice). I also added a pinch of red pepper.
  2. ortojason
    This turned out really well - I didn't have any peas so there was none in my dish, and I used about 1/2 cup of raisins as well. I added the fresh coriander after the rice was cooked. Great seasoning profile, and I'll definitely make this one again.
  3. Dixie from Kansas
    This was very good. I also added 1/4 cup of raisins to it also and a small handful of slivered almonds. Yum
  4. breezermom
    I made this to go with Recipe #414809 414809, Moroccan Saffron Chicken. I served this fabulous chicken on top of this rice, and it was absolutely wonderful. I have to admit, I am not a rice fan, so this is a wonderful success with me!! I could see eating this all on its on...amazing for me!! Thanks for sharing Annacia!
  5. magpie diner
    Delicious rice, we really enjoyed this. I made it exactly as written except for using brown long grain rice, oil in place of butter and veg stock in place of chicken. I needed to add about 1/4 cup more broth due to using brown rice. It makes quite a large quantity so we'll be enjoying the leftovers today, and I bet the flavours will be even better. Thanks for sharing Annacia!



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