Recipe for Greek Rice with Currants and Pine Nuts

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Currants and pine nuts  are commonly found throughout Greece and as a result, they both make their way into several dishes. If you can’t find currants, feel free to substitute raisins.

Greek Style Rice with Currants and Pine Nuts (Pilafi me Stafili Korinthiako) Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Greek olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 3 cups hot chicken broth
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 2/3 cup dried currants, soaked in 1 cup Mavrodaphne wine for 1 hour
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons fresh, chopped parsley

How to Make Greek Pilaf With Currants and Pine Nuts:

Drizzle half the olive oil into a saucepan and set the heat to medium. Add the rice and saute for 2 minutes, or until the rice begins to smell slightly like popcorn. Stir in the cloves and cinnamon and cook for 30 seconds.

Stir in the bay leaves and thyme and then pour in the chicken broth. Stir vigorously to make sure all the ingredients are incorporated. Add salt and pepper.

Cover the saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low after it boils and simmer until most of the liquid has absorbed and rice is soft. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the currants and pine nuts. Drizzle with lemon juic and sprinkle the parsley over the rice mixture just before serving.

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