A Return to Normalcy.
Home improvement projects have been completed (for now), guests have come and gone, Easter is done, as are a trio of food events.
What does that mean? Daily posts, about actual food, are back!
As I mentioned in a recent meme, I've gotten on this 'must make something new every single day' kick. I almost never revisit old favorites. But we really do have some 'that's my favorite!' recipes.
One is Persian Rice; rice cooked with dill and pistachios. It's positively divine, and we'll often make it for company.
I don't think I'd made this since last summer, so when Matt suggested we have it, how could I refuse him?
Rice is parboiled in salted water, then drained. In that same pot, melt a decent amount of butter, then spoon some rice on top. Follow this with alternating layers of dill, rice, and pistachios; finishing with a mound of rice. Poke holes, to the bottom of the pan, with a wooden spoon, cover with a tea towel, and then the lid, and let cook, on a rather low setting, for just over half an hour.
You know it's done when you poke through to the bottom, and hear a 'crunch'; that means it's ready.
Traditionally, you would serve the entire pot of rice on a platter or in a large bowl, and from the bottom you will get some crunchy bits. That is often reserved for the guest of honor, and is quite a treat.
I don't know about all of that; we just think it's fabulous!
Matt had some lamb with his rice: ground lamb mixed with some spices (I wasn't there at the time, so I'm not sure what he used besides cumin), rolled into balls and cooked till 'done'; done can be so subjective, you know.
We both love this rice, and for Matt, the lamb was the perfect pairing.
Tagged with: Food and Drink + Rice + Persian + Lamb + Dinner