Recipe for Greek Style Rice Pilaf with Fava Beans

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This pilaf recipe is light and flavorful and pairs well with lamb, game, and pork dishes. It is commonly served all over Greece whenever fava beans are in season.

Greek Style Rice Pilaf with Fava Beans (Pilafi me Fava) Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons Greek olive oil
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 whole carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Greek honey
  • 3/4 cup hot broth, like chicken or vegetable
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1 1/2 cups shelled, fresh fava beans
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons fresh, chopped parsley

Instructions to Prepare Greek Rice Pilaf:

Drizzle the olive oil into a large saucepan and set the heat to medium. Let the oil heat for about a minute and then add the shallot, carrot, and celery. Saute together for about give minutes and then stir in the rice. Saute for another two minutes.

Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the mixture and stir in the honey.  Stir in the broth, water, fava beans, and lemon juice. Add the bay leaf.

Cover the saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil. Set the heat to low and let the mixture simmer, covered, until all the moisture is absorbed and the rice is soft. This should take about twenty minutes. Stir the pilaf just before serving and sprinkle with the fresh parsley.

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