Recipe for Greek Style Saffron Rice Pilaf

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Saffron is actually fairly plentiful in Greece and can be found fairly inexpensively in the local markets. It’s harvested in Greece and is much less expensive here than it is elsewhere in the world. As a result, Greek cuisine often contains fairly generous amounts of it.

Greek Style Saffron Rice Pilaf Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons Greek olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste

How to Make Greek Style Saffron Rice Pilaf:

Drizzle the olive oil into a saucepan and set the heat to medium. Let the oil warm for about 1-2 minutes.

Add the shallot, carrot, and celery and stir with a wooden spoon. Let the vegetables saute until the onions are soft. This should take 5 minutes.

Stir in the rice and let the mixture saute for another minute. Stir in the broth, saffron, salt, and pepper. Cover the saucepan.

Let the mixture come to a boil. After it does, set the heat to low. Let the pilaf simmer until all the broth is absorbed. This should take about 15 minutes.

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