Greek-Style Rice and Split Pea Pilaf with Artichokes

Greek-Style Rice Split Pea Pilaf with Artichokes

Light and fragrant with a slightly sweet and salty Mediterranean tang, this quick and simple rice and split pea pilaf dressed with artichokes, juicy kalamata olives and creamy feta cheese makes a wonderful lunch or side dish. Both the rice and split peas can be cooked a day or more in advance, and should be cool before making the pilaf — use 1 cup dried rice and 2/3 cup dried green split peas to make the right amount of cooked ingredients.


Greek-Style Rice and Split Pea Pilaf with ArtichokesGreek-Style Rice and Split Pea Pilaf with Artichokes
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Cuisine: Greek
Published on November 10, 2011

Light and fragrant with a slightly sweet and salty Mediterranean tang, this quick and simple rice and split pea pilaf dressed with artichokes, juicy kalamata olives and creamy feta cheese makes a wonderful lunch or side dish

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Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped (optional)
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme (optional)
  • 3 cups cold cooked rice (1 cup dried)
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 cups cooked green split peas (2/3 cup dried)
  • 14 oz (410 mL) can artichoke hearts packed in water or brine, drained and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped (2 teaspoons dried)
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • 1 cup Feta cheese, crumbled
Instructions:
  • Heat a large skillet or wok over medium heat. When hot, toss in the olive oil, wait a few moments, then swirl to coat the pan. Add the onions and garlic, and sauté for 1 minute. Add the green pepper and jalapeño and sprig of thyme if using, and continue to sauté for another minute. Pour in the rice and lemon juice. Stir to break up clumps of rice.

  • Reduce the heat to medium-low, and stir in the green split peas, artichoke hearts and oregano. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until the pilaf is heated through. Stir in the grape tomatoes, salt and pepper, and let rest on the heat for 2 to 3 minutes more.

  • Remove from heat and discard the thyme sprig. To serve, stir in the olives and ladle the pilaf onto a serving plate or individual plates, and garnish with Feta cheese. Serve warm.

Makes 6 servings
Greek Pilaf

Other ideas from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen you may enjoy:
Greek Macaroni and Cheese
Greek Tomato Rice
Quinoa Dolmadakia (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

5 comments:

MapMaster said...

Love the fresh-looking flavors and colors

bellini said...

Mmmm, vegetarian comfort food with all the ingredients I love!

createwithmom said...

delicious looking healthy combination

The Food Hunter said...

all my favorite things...yum!

Olga said...

I love making hummus with my food processor :)