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A powdery phytochemical called saponin covers quinoa. Rubbing and rinsing the grain rids it of that bitter coating. Serve this nutty side dish as an accompaniment to peppercorn-crusted pork tenderloin or ham.

Lorrie Hulston Corvin
Recipe by Cooking Light March 2005

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Credit: Randy Mayor

Recipe Summary

Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place quinoa in a fine sieve; place sieve in a large bowl. Cover quinoa with water. Using your hands, rub grains together for 30 seconds; rinse and drain. Repeat procedure twice. Drain well.

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  • Combine 6 cups water, salt, thyme, and bay leaf in a large saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cover and cook 5 minutes; discard thyme and bay leaf. Keep warm over low heat.

  • Melt butter in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add onion, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add quinoa; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add warm seasoned water, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring frequently until each portion of warm seasoned water is absorbed before adding the next (about 30 minutes total). Stir in vinegar. Spoon 2/3 cup risotto into each of 6 small bowls or plates; top each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons crème fraîche. Sprinkle each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons hazelnuts.

Nutrition Facts

245 calories; calories from fat 29%; fat 8g; saturated fat 2.5g; mono fat 3.3g; poly fat 1.5g; protein 7.3g; carbohydrates 37.4g; fiber 4.3g; cholesterol 8mg; iron 4.3mg; sodium 413mg; calcium 61mg.
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