Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Lemon Orzo Pilaf

Developed August, 2017 in response to a dreadful recipe in a local supermarket ad. Although orzo masquerades as a grain, it is a small rice-shaped form of pasta that is often cooked much like rice. This dish's lemony tang lends it to most any meat or fish as a side.
1/4 c shallots or green onions, finely diced
2 T olive oil, divided
1 c orzo
1-3/4 c hot stock (chicken, seafood, or vegetable)
1 t salt
1 t minced garlic
2 T lemon juice
1 t dry tarragon
1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a heavy saucepan over medium. Add the shallots, salt lightly, and cook until lightly browned. Mix in the orzo and the other tablespoon of oil. Cook until the orzo is opaque and lightly colored. Stir in the garlic, salt, lemon juice, and the stock. Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed. Fluff, stir in the tarragon, and the cheese if desired. Serves three or four. Variation: Substitute basmati rice for orzo.