Saffron Almond Rice Pilaf

Active time: 15 min Start to finish: 30 min
1 C chicken broth
1 C water
Pinch of saffron threads
1/2 C chopped onion
2 T salted butter
1 C long-grain rice, basmati preferred
1/2 t salt
1/8 t black pepper
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Heat broth and water in a small saucepan over moderate heat until hot, then crumble saffron into liquid and stir. Remove from heat.

Cook onion in butter in a 2-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 5 to 8 minutes. Add rice and cook, stirring, until fragrant and pale golden, about 3 minutes. Stir in saffron broth, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 18 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, 5 minutes, then fluff rice with a fork and fold in almonds.

from: Gourmet | October 2001

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