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Wild Pilaf with Lemony Spruce Tips and Pine Nuts

May 23, 2014
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Photo by Yossy Arefi
Author Notes

The wild in this recipe isnt from wild rice, its comes from the lemony spruce tips, that pair beautifully with toasted nuts, such as pine nuts or pistachios. They add flavor and sparkle to your basic side dish. Adapted from Chef Mads Refslund, co-founder of NOMA. —tama matsuoka wong

  • Serves 4
  • 2 cups rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup spruce tips, pulled apart
  • 1 lemon
In This Recipe
  1. In a small saucepan (alternately, we Wongs use a rice cooker for perfect rice every time), combine rice, water and nuts.
  2. Bring to a boil, stir, cover and lower the hit to a simmer, until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and fluff the rice in a large bowl with the spruce tips.
  4. Add liberal amounts of freshly squeezed lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.

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Tama Matsuoka Wong is the principal at Meadowsandmore, a wild food purveyor and educational studio.