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Christmas Pilaf

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  Basmati rice 1 Pound (500 Gram)
  Chicken stock 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Butter 1 Tablespoon
  Seedless raisins 8 Ounce (250 Gram)
  Dried apricots 8 Ounce (250 Gram)
  Water/Orange juice 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Blanched almonds 4 Ounce (125 Gram, Flaked Or Whole)
  Apples 8 Small
  Quinces 8 Small
  Ground cinnamon 1 Teaspoon
  Brandy/Rum 1 Tablespoon

First cook the Basmati rice by the absorption method, using a good chicken stock and 60 g/ 2 oz butter.
Stir the seedless raisins into some butter.
Add the apricots and just cover with water or orange juice.
Simmer gently — don't let them get at all mushy.
Lightly brown the blanched almonds.
Also bake one small apple and one small quince per person.
(Or slice apple, quince or pear and cook the slices until golden brown in butter.) On a warmed platter, arrange the rice and sprinkle on the raisins, apricot and nuts.
Arrange the baked fruit evenly around the edge.
Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Scoop out one or two apples.
Fill with warmed brandy or rum and ignite, then proceed carefully to the table.
For a Vesuvius effect, pile the pilaff high on a platter and make a dent in the top into which you either put a single scooped out fruit or line with foil as a receptacle for the alcohol.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Rice, Orange
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
25 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 2668 Calories from Fat 343

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 41 g62.4%

Saturated Fat 7.2 g35.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 19.7 mg6.6%

Sodium 267.7 mg11.2%

Total Carbohydrates 568 g189.3%

Dietary Fiber 51.2 g205%

Sugars 174.3 g

Protein 44 g88.3%

Vitamin A 98.1% Vitamin C 287.4%

Calcium 47% Iron 94.5%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Christmas Pilaf Recipe