Friday, January 21, 2011

Leek & Garlic Rice Pilaf

We're a rice loving family (we're Asian, so it's the norm lol) and I personally get tired of having plain steamed rice all the time. To switch things up, I often make rice pilaf or some kind of fried or toasted rice using whatever I have to work with. The most recent rice dish I made was this Leek & Garlic Rice Pilaf. It's a side dish that won't overpower main dishes, yet can stand on it's own...


Leek is one of those ingredients that have found it's place as a pantry staple in my kitchen. I starting buying a few stalks of leeks a couple of months ago to use in place of onions in some recipes. I like the subtle flavor and now I tend to use it at least once a week in recipes. In our house, garlic rice pilaf is a common side dish. I decided to take the last leek stalk I had on hand and throw it into a garlic rice pilaf I made and it worked out pretty well. The leek imparted a subtle onion flavor while adding some nice color in the dish. So if you're not too familiar working with leeks, this is a great recipe to start!

Leek & Garlic Rice Pilaf
recipe adapted from Tyler Florence

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 stalk leek, bottom part split & cleaned, finely minced
1-2 cloves minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 cups long grain rice
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth


Melt the butter and olive oil in a hot skillet over medium low heat. Add theleeks and garlic and season with the salt and pepper; cook until the leeks are soft, about 5 minutes.

Add the rice and stir until coated with the butter and olive oil. Increase the heat to medium-high. Let the rice cook until toasted, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes more.

Stir in the broth and bring to a simmer over low heat, cover, and cook until all the broth has been absorbed by the rice and the rice is tender, Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.