Lemon-Pistachio Pilaf

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Lemon-Pistachio Pilaf

Preparation time: 10
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 8


4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 large shallots, minced
1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice
8 tablespoons chopped unsalted pistachios
1 14-ounce can (or more) low-salt chicken broth
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 tablespoons 1x1/8-inch strips lemon peel (yellow part only)


Heat oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots and sauté 3 minutes. Add rice and 2 tablespoons pistachios; stir 2 minutes. Stir in 1 can broth, lemon juice, and salt; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Mix in 4 tablespoons pistachios and 2 tablespoons lemon peel. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 2 hours ahead. Spread rice out onto baking sheet; cool. Before continuing, drizzle with more broth and rewarm tightly covered with foil in 400°F oven until heated through, about 10 minutes.) Transfer rice to bowl. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons pistachios and 1/2 tablespoon lemon peel.

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