Wild Pilaf with Lemony Spruce Tips and Pine Nuts

By tama matsuoka wong
May 23, 2014
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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
  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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