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Old 09-07-2010, 09:27 PM   #1
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What to pair with moroccan lamb?!

So I'm going to make this recipe for my boyfriend and I for his birthday:

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I want to make some type of rice pilaf but I'm not sure which direction to go in... Middle Eastern, plain, or what. Also, I'm wondering if a tzatziki/raita style sauce would go well on the side?

Any suggestions would be wonderful!
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Old 09-07-2010, 11:39 PM   #2
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I make homemade pilaf.Beats box anyday.

In a fry pan add:
1 tbs butter
1 tbs olive oil
1 1/2 cups white rice
1/2 cup vermicelli broken as small as possible
1/2 cup orzo

saute intil pastas are browned well

add 2-3 bay leaves
1 tsp chicken bouillon
1/4 tsp ground sage
1/4 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp savory
1/8 tsp black pepper
2 tbs lemon juice
1 cup water
1 can chicken broth
8 oz dry white wine

(can't go wrong with any green herbs)

simmer 20-25 covered until done.Add more liquid if needed.
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:09 PM   #4
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Sounds beautiful! try cous cous. It's such a cheap and versatile product.
You'll love it! I don't have any recipes yet for cous cous, but keep your eyes open.

Use a little garlic, chicken stock, a few veges and some lemon juice.
Great stuff!
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Old 09-08-2010, 07:51 PM   #5
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For me it would be couscous. Middle East, no Near East makes several varieties that are so easy and are good hot or cold, depending on the meal. When I buy plain, I like to soak it in chicken (or other) stock, and add capers, chopped herbs (chives, mint, parsley come to mind). I especially love it, hot or cold, in the summer, because I don't have an air conditioned kitchen and all I have to do is nuke the water and pour it over. They also make a taboule that is a good starch as well, and just as easy. Both are good with a dab of good olive oil and the juice of a lemon (or half, depending on size).
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Mmmm Sounds yummy Clare!
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:56 AM   #7
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Well I've decided to go for couscous (I just noticed the recipe tells you to use it... I never noticed that before haha). I've never made it, and I hope I can buy it in the smallish town I live in. Thanks for all your help! :)
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