Most American dinner tables accompany a meal with a starch… usually potatoes of some kind. The staple side dish in our home was pilaf. We had pilaf with our “lamb burgers” not fries! It is quick, easy and delicious. I always have these ingredients in my pantry for a side dish. The bread is an Armenian flat bread. My grandmother would make this, stacking flat rounds of bread a foot high each in the pantry. I purchase the bread from “Valley Bakery” in Fresno, CA. They call the bread Valley Lahvosh, original Armenian Sesame Seed Cracker Bread. This is the closest bread I have found to my Grandmother’s. You wet the bread with a spray of water and then wrap it in a clean dish towel. As kids we had our sandwiches on this softened bread. I was always slightly embarrassed by my Persian cucumbers and nontraditional sandwich bread, but it was so good. It also comes in a whole wheat version. You can order a case and it lasts a while… but in my house it doesn’t last too long!
RECIPE: Armenian Pilaf
• 1 cup of egg noodles
• 6 tablespoons of butter
• Dash of kosher salt
• 2 cups of Uncle Bens white rice.
• 4 cups of chicken broth
• In a medium sauce pan Sauté egg noodles in butter till brown.
• Then add the chicken broth and rice… bring to a boil then turn to low heat and cook until rice is fluffy approx. 25 minutes. Keep a close watch. When you lower the heat keep pan covered.