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Saffron's reputation as the most expensive spice on the planet is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it makes it an exciting and intriguing ingredient to cook with. However, it can also be intimidating as it would be a pity to waste one single thread of saffron. The solution, of course, is to find good recipes you can use as a guide.
When cooking with saffron threads, it's best to let them 'bloom' before adding them to the dish. This is accomplished by mixing the saffron threads with a small amount of warm liquid. After it steeps for a few minutes you can proceed to incorporate the golden broth in any recipe you choose.
Here are some recipes to get you started on your spice journey:
Six ingredients is all you'll need to whip up this tasty vegetarian appetizer. Cooked rice is blended with scallions, caramelized onions and cilantro before being fried until golden.
Tender cabbage leaves are stuffed with a mixture of rice and veggies before being tied with chives and served with a fragrant broth made with saffron threads, rice wine and soy sauce. Here's the recipe.
This Italian recipe is sheer decadence and perfect for entertaining. A creamy saffron-infused risotto is flavored with white wine, Parmesan cheese and topped with edible gold leaf.
Here's a Moroccan-inspired dish that will fill up your home with an irresistible aroma. You'll love the combination of golden chicken, lemon, artichokes and olives.
This bright and sunny dessert is made all that more delicious with a pinch of saffron. Remember to let the lemon bars cool completely before dusting with powdered sugar.