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Barley & Wild Rice Pilaf With Pomegranate Seeds

Barley & Wild Rice Pilaf With Pomegranate Seeds
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WebMD Recipe from EatingWell.com

This pilaf melds the chewy texture of barley and wild rice with the richness of toasted pine nuts and the sweet-sour crunch of pomegranate seeds. The elegant dish is perfect for entertaining.

Ingredients
Prep: 20 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour
  • 2 teaspoons
    extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium
    onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup
    wild rice, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup
    pearl barley
  • 3 cups
    reduced-sodium chicken broth, or vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup
    pine nuts
  • 1 cup
    pomegranate seeds, (1 large fruit; see Tip)
  • 2 teaspoons
    lemon zest, freshly grated
  • 2 tablespoons
    flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened. Add wild rice and barley; stir for a few seconds. Add broth and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the wild rice and barley are tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, 45 to 50 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, toast pine nuts in a small, dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until light golden and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl to cool.
  3. Add pomegranate seeds, lemon zest, parsley and the toasted pine nuts to the pilaf; fluff with a fork. Serve hot.

 

Tip

To Make Ahead: Prepare through Step 2. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. To reheat, place in a baking dish, add 1/4 cup water and cover. Microwave on High for 10 to 15 minutes or bake at 350°F or 25 to 30 minutes.

 

  1. Tip: To seed a pomegranate and avoid the enduring stains of pomegranate juice, work under water. Fill a large bowl with water. Hold the pomegranate in the water and slice off the crown. Lightly score the fruit into quarters, from crown to stem end. Keeping the fruit under water, break it apart, gently separating the plump seeds from the outer skin and white pith. The seeds will drop to the bottom of the bowl and the pith will float to the surface. Discard the pith. Pour the seeds into a colander. Rinse and pat dry. The seeds can be frozen in an airtight container or sealable bag for up to 3 months.

 

Nutritional Information

Makes: 6 servings
Serving Size: 3/4 cup each
  • Calories207
  • Fat7 g
    • Saturated fat1 g
  • Cholesterol3 mg
  • Carbohydrates31 g
    • Dietary fiber4 g
  • Protein7 g
  • Sodium75 mg
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.
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