Bulgur "Pilaf" with Swiss Chard and Dried Apricots

Side Dishes

Bulgur "Pilaf" with Swiss Chard and Dried Apricots

While not traditional, this flavorful and crunchy bulgur pilaf offers up hearty fare for a side dish. Flavored with warm spices like cinnamon and cumin, this easy grain dish takes a decidedly African spin with the addition of pistachios and dried apricots too. Whatever you do, don’t forget the pomegranate molasses — it’s the key finishing touch that takes this dish to a new level of deliciousness.

This recipe is reprinted from Favorite Recipes from Melissa Clark's Kitchen by Melissa Clark.


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Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add bulgur and cinnamon stick; cook about 9 minutes. Stir in apricots and cook until bulgur is tender (this might vary depending on how coarse the bulgur is), 23 minutes more; drain well and discard cinnamon stick.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high; add butter and let melt. Add pistachios, cumin, and ¼ tsp. salt. Cook, stirring, until pistachios are golden, about 2 minutes; transfer to a bowl. Wipe out skillet with a paper towel, return skillet to medium heat.

Add oil, garlic, and shallot to skillet; cook, stirring, until garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add chard, remaining ¼ tsp. salt, and pepper. Cook, tossing, until chard is wilted, about 3 minutes. Stir in bulgur mixture and pistachios; toss until warmed through, about 1 minute.

Transfer pilaf to serving plates and drizzle with lemon juice or pomegranate molasses.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

Calories: 335

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 16g 24%

Saturated Fat 4g 20%

Cholesterol 11mg 3%

Sodium 365mg 15%

Carbs 45g 15%

Protein 9g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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