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Jul 31, 2007 07:34 AM

Things to do with Saffron

hi all,

I am looking for ideas on recipes that use saffron. I've used it in paella but would like other ideas. Thanks

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  1. here's something iranians do with saffron when serving basmati rice to company: right when you rice finishes cooking, take a couple of threads of saffron in a bowl, add about 1/4 cup boiling water to it, and dissolve the saffron. then take about 1 cup of the cooked rice and mix it so that it takes on the bright orange color and scent. serve all of your (white) basmati on a large serving platter, and sprinkle the orange saffron-inflected rice on top. makes a really nice presentation.

    1. Taken from "The Zuni Cafe", I caramelize onions, garlic, and ad pinch of chilli flakes and saffron each, and use it as a flavour base to pretty much anything - pasta, rice, stews. I even freeze leftovers in an ice cube tray, put them in a ziplock in the freezer, and toss a cube or two in any dish I'm making that could use a little instant depth of flavour.

      1. I believe the mussel soup called Billi Bi uses saffron.

        1. Make a risotto Milanese. Serve it alongside a grilled veal chop.

          What time would you like us for dinner...?

          1. The July Gourmet magazine has a recipe for spaghetti with chorizo and almonds. The spaghetti is broken into two inch pieces and cooked in broth, white wine and saffron, with onion and garlic. Looks interesting.

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            1. re: Glencora

              Very interesting, because I got the saffron-caramelized-onion mix from a Zuni recipe for fideus - basically, a risotto made with broken up pieces of pasta instead of rice. I think it's a southern Italian dish. Thanks for the July gourmet head's up - I'm going to look it up.