The Greeks have a culinary love affair with the mating of lemon and dill, two plants that have been used since antiquity (lemon trees were planted along the Tigris and Euphrates Valleys). Dill is native to the eastern Mediter ranean and contains a flavor element called limonene, which is a natural flavor complement to lemon. In Greek cooking, you find this combination in everything from soups to meat dishes. Rice is no exception. The mint is an optional ingredient, but a traditional one. This dish is also good made with brown rice; if you use it, increase the amount of chicken stock to 2? cups.
1. Coat the rice cooker bowl with nonstick cooking spray or a film of olive oil. Place the rice in the rice bowl. Add the stock; swirl to combine. Close the cover and set for the regular cycle.
2. When the machine switches to the Keep Warm cycle, let the rice steam for 10 minutes.
3. While the rice is steaming, in a small skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until translucent and softened, about 5 minutes. Add the pine nuts and cook, stirring constantly, until golden brown (it won?t take long).
4. When the steaming period is finished, add the saut?ed mixture to the rice bowl, along with the lemon juice, dill, and mint. Stir with a wooden or plastic rice paddle or wooden spoon to evenly distribute. Close the cover and let the rice steam for an additional 10 minutes on the Keep Warm cycle.
5. Serve the rice immediately, topped with some feta cheese and a lemon wedge on the side.
note: This rice will hold on Keep Warm for 1 to 2 hours, if necessary, but don?t add the lemon juice, dill, and mint until 10 minutes before you plan to serve.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (437g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 172 (39%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 19.1g||26 %|
|Saturated Fat 7.4g||37 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 7g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 3.4g|
|Cholesterol 35.8mg||11 %|
|Sodium 1927.6mg||66 %|
|Potassium 712.7mg||19 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 49.7g||15 %|
|Dietary Fiber 4.1g||16 %|
|Sugars, other 45.6g|
|Protein 21.3g||30 %|
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Calories per serving: 445
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