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Old 05-24-2011, 07:27 PM   #1
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Orzo - what do YOU make with it?

I am on a "use what you have" kick. Well, I have a few bags of orzo. I am looking for cheap-ish recipes that are fresh tasting - starting to move away from the root vegetable / stew phase of the winter..

I do make a ginger beef with lime dish and throw it on top of orzo, and it's tasty.. looking for something different! I do however love citrus flavors, or fresh flavors with orzo!

What do you use orzo for?

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Old 05-24-2011, 07:30 PM   #2
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i love braised lamb shanks over orzo.

or oxtails over orzo, also.
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:33 PM   #3
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You can actually make a risotto type of dish with orzo. Make it the same way you would make risotto, using orzo in place of rice.
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:34 PM   #4
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Mmm, lamb with orzo.. I wish lamb here wasn't so expensive. I have never actually cooked it myself, but I have eaten amazing chops cooked by my brother in law!

Never had an ox tail... I'm squeamish... Not even sure if we can get those here lol.

Andy, doesn't the orzo get mushy? I would have to be really careful not to overcook! Great idea !
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:46 PM   #5
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Here's a recipe. It shouldn't get mushy. Just keep testing as you stir in the broth. OF course, you can modify the add ins.


Orzotto (Orzo prepared like risotto)

3 C Chicken Stock
2 Tb Olive Oil
1 Ea Shallot, minced
1 C Orzo

C White Wine
TT Salt and Pepper

2 Tb Butter
⅓ C Parmesan Cheese

Heat the stock to a simmer and maintain at that temperature during the cooking process.

In a saucepan, heat the oil and add the orzo and shallot and stir to coat with the oil. Cook for a few minutes over medium heat until the orzo browns.

Add the wine and reduce until almost dry.

Add a ladleful of the stock and stir frequently while boiling gently.

When the stock is almost absorbed, add another ladleful and continue to cook, stirring frequently.

Continue adding the stock and cooking for about 20 to 25 minutes.

When the orzo is tender and creamy, season to taste with salt and pepper and add the butter and the cheese.

Mix in and serve.
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:40 PM   #6
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Here's one of my favorite side dishes from Orzo......

Simple Side Dish...Onion Orzo with Mushrooms
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:09 PM   #7
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An orzo dish I make often is with sauteed garlic, chopped roasted or fresh red bell pepper, sliced black olives, and spices, tossed with feta cheese or soft goat cheese.
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:23 PM   #8
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OK, all three of you (Andy, Kayelle, and Merstar) have won my heart - splitting it into three now...

*poke prod dice*

Annnd tenderizing... *bam bam bam*

Oommffffff.

Whew. OK. Merstar, soft goat cheese and pasta, holy cow, and olives, oh my, I want!!!! Def. going to try that one!! I love red pepper so much.. unfortunately it's about $3 for a pepper after you weigh it.. so expensive :( Maybe this summer... sounds like a good dish to eat chilled!

Andy, that's pretty much how I make my brown rice risotto - thanks for the recipe! I will try the same methods with the orzo (browning, etc)

Kayelle, that recipe sounds really good! It is so easy too, great for a weeknight..

totally trying all of these... thank you!!!
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Old 05-25-2011, 03:46 AM   #9
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The old italian girls in my area use it to make a great fruit salad.

Google orzo fruit salad.

This is called a salad but, it can be a nice finish to a meal.
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Old 05-25-2011, 04:31 AM   #10
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Cook separately and add to any soup which would benefit from the addition of pasta. E.G.-
Minestrone with Orzo TNT
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