Prasorizo (Leek Rice)

March 10, 2014 · 6 comments

in dairy-free,greek,healthy,rice and grains

I was intent on getting a rice cooker for our wedding 7 years ago. It’s sat in the box for about 6.95 of those years and has become a point of contention in our marriage. Because…I don’t use it. And really, there’s no room for it. But for some reason, I refuse to get rid of it.  To be fair, Tom still owns a laptop that has not worked/turned on since 2006. I mean, at least my useless item could be useful if I took it out of the box, right?

The thing is, even though it took me nearly 30 years, I learned how to make the perfect white rice—and not in a rice cooker. And it’s been hard to have pretty much any other rice ever since, because steamed white rice is so good and fluffy and goes with everything (if you guys are interested, I will do a blog post about it at some point).  However, recently I started thinking about prasorizo, and couldn’t get it out of my mind. Prasa, or leeks, are cooked alongside rice and it’s all finished off with a healthy dose of lemon juice and dill. it’s a nice, bright side dish that can be served with pretty much everything, though on this particular night we had it with keftedes.

The rice will typically look a little greener that in the photo above. I shied away from using as many leeks as I should have because my leeks were SO huge, but I shouldn’t have. They all cook down and mellow out beautifully, so even if you have a pot full of leeks, no worries.  (I was also trying to compensate for poor lighting and may have over-whitenened the rice in the process. :))

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mj March 10, 2014 at 9:44 am

I would be interested in a post about how you cook your rice without a rice cooker. This looks like a great recipe, by the way. I like everything that you post!

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Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor March 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm

I love cooking with leeks and this rice looks like a great dish!

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Kelsey March 10, 2014 at 8:30 pm

I love, love, love leeks. I’ve never heard of this dish before and I must try it this spring!

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Joanne March 11, 2014 at 5:33 am

Such a fun way to make rice more tasty! I happen to have quite a few leeks up for grabs in my fridge at the moment…sounds like perfect timing to me.

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Christina March 11, 2014 at 7:19 am

I totally agree with you about rice- once you get in the groove and figure out how to cook it well, there’s nothing better. I think rice can be seriously underrated! And since lemon and leeks are two of my favorite things, I definitely need to try this!

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Sarahmia March 11, 2014 at 8:57 am

I couldn’t cook rice at all until I met my (now) husband at 26 – he has a foolproof method that works every time for me :)

I love the idea of adding ingredients to rice as it cooks, for some reason that had never occurred to me?! & given that I live in Wales leeks would probably be a great place to start, heh.

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