Glendi Kitchen: Alvaniko Briami

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from The Foods of the Greek Islands: Cooking and Culture at the Crossroads of the Mediterranean by Aglaia Kremezi
A lovely, traditional Albanian side dish guaranteed to impress - so easy, so fresh, so delicious. (Albanian Baked Rice with Milk, Feta, Peppers, and Dill)
First things first, 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F 


¼ Cup Olive Oil or Unsalted Butter

2 cups chopped onion

3 green bell peppers, cored, seeded and diced

2 to 3 hot chiles, seeded and finely chopped 

1 ½ cups medium-grain rice, such as Arborio

1 pound feta cheese, coarsely crumbled 

1 ½ cups chopped fresh dill 

4 ½ cups whole milk 

  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil or butter and saute the onions, bell peppers and chiles until soft, about 4 minutes.
  2. Add the rice and saute for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool slightly, then stir in feta and dill. Transfer a 2 ½-quart baking dish and stir in the milk.
  3. Bake, stirring once, for 45 minutes, or until the rice has absorbed all the milk and is tender. 
  4. Serve warm or at room temperature. 

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