Turkish Rice-A-Roni

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

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  1. 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
  2. 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 recipe#40388, recipe#437714, no dill & a version of recipe#90513 for a very tasty meal. I would definitely make this again. Made for NA*ME Tag! Come play!!
  3. 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!
  4. Delicious complement to a grilled fish entree. In the either/or categories, I used orzo, leeks, pistachios, homemade chicken broth. I DID use butter (which I did NOT burn). I and everyone else DID enjoy it--the textures are great and it's a very aromatic dish. Thanks, CG!



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