Friday, December 16, 2011

Kim's 4 Grain Pilaf

Kim's 4 Grain Pilaf

This cheery little snowman is one of my favorite Christmas friends.  He is surrounded by vintage nutcrackers and yet in my mind he is a star.  I adore his shimmering snow, bright scarf and mittens, carrot nose and how he tips his top-hat each time I walk in the room, making me smile!

Kim's 4 Grain Pilaf

My sweet sister, Kim, {today is her 50-something birthday along with my 2 year-old granddaughter, Elsie.  Happy, happy birthday to two of my favorite gals, both shining stars}, anyway she shared her delicious pilaf with me several years ago and it is a prized recipe.  Why?  It's easy to make, colorful, full of texture, and is a tasty side with almost anything.

Like my snowman, Kim's 4 Grain Pilaf holds it's own and is one of my most frequently requested dishes.  This time of the year I enjoy serving it with Cranberry Barbecue Chicken at holiday parties. It can even dress up sliced roast chicken when Mrs. Santa is wrapping Christmas up!

Kim's 4 Grain Pilaf

Kim's 4 Grain Pilaf

  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot shredded
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/3 cup each, barley, brown rice and bulgar
  • 3 tablespoons wild rice
  • 2-3/4 cups beef or chicken broth
  • 3/4 each basil, oregano, salt, and pepper
Toast almonds and set aside.  Saute until soft in butter, onion, carrots and parsley.  Add and saute until lightly browned, barley, brown rice, bulgar, and wild rice.  Stir in broth, herbs, salt and pepper.  Cover and cook on low heat 60 minutes. Garnish with toasted almonds and serve hot.

Tip:  If you are using homemade beef or chicken stock, add the salt.  If you opt for chicken or beef bouillon, be very careful about adding additional salt.  Instead, pass the salt shaker!  Yes, another lesson learned the hard way..."note to self."  

HO! HO! HO!  Party On my friends...


  1. Sounds like a different side dish, pretty colors too:@)

  2. Is 6:15 a.m. too early to have a hearty helping of this rice pilaf and your bbq chicken? I think not, because my mouth is watering right now. Yum!

    Happy Birthday to your sister and niece! Have a great weekend! :-)

  3. Oh, I am copying this recipe. It looks so good and just the kind of side I find hearty and satisfying. Thank you for sharing!

  4. If it comes from your kitchen I am going to try it.
    I haven't ever tried anything fancy with the name "pilaf" in it. Just doesn't sound right.

    BUT you make it look good.
    So we will make this on Sunday with our turkey.

  5. I think I could eat that pilaf all by itself! It sounds wonderful. Happy Birthday your your sis and granddaughter!

  6. This looks delicious1 I love getting new recipes. I am your newest follower too!

  7. First, I'm so glad to see you post a recipe. I've never tried a thing you posted that my family didn't love.

    Now, don't laugh but I've never had bulgar. I'll have to look at the market to see if we even have it.

    And Happy Birthday to the two birthday girls. I have it on good authority that some of the most fun people were born in December.

  8. Oh, this sounds sooo good. I have all the ingredients except BULGAR...and I don't have a single clue what that might be. a grain of sorts, I am guessing. Can I make this dish without it or had I better go to the store?

  9. I am such a carboholic that I could probably eat the whole dish. Sounds wonderful!

  10. This sounds wonderful and I like how you mixed the grains in this dish. good point on the salt - I have done that before and I love salt.

  11. What a wonderful side dish. I would be happy with a plate of this and salad for dinner. This recipe is a keeper.


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