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Sweet Cherry & Quinoa Pilaf

Posted by Peggy on July 22, 2013

Recipe: Sweet Cherry & Quinoa Pilaf


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
  • 1 and 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 1/2-3 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, optional
  • 1 cup fresh cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1/3 cup chopped mint


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium-sized pan over medium heat. Toast pine nuts, stirring often, until golden brown, remembering that pine nuts burn quickly when unattended.
  2. Remove nuts from pan and reserve. Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil to pan and shallot and cook until softened, 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add quinoa and lightly toast with shallot a couple of minutes; stir in 2 1/2 cups stock, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook until all liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes, or until tender, adding additional liquid if needed. Stir in butter, if using. Let rest, covered, 10 minutes. Stir in cherries, pine nuts and mint.

Number of servings (yield): 6

Time: 35 minutes

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