Festive Four Grain Pilaf

Festive Four Grain Pilaf

My Christmas gift to you is a nutty, side dish, my sister Kim shared, Four Grain Pilaf.

Four Grain Pilaf
With colorful shredded carrots, onions, and chicken stock, it makes the most flavorful accompaniment to any meat or poultry you may be serving.  Brown and wild rice, pearl barley, and bulgar combined give it such interesting texture and taste.

This cheery little snowman is one of my favorite Christmas friends.  He is surrounded by vintage nutcrackers and yet in my mind he is a star.  I adore his shimmering snow, bright scarf and mittens, carrot nose and how he tips his top-hat each time I walk in the room, making me smile!
Four Grain Pilaf

Four Grain Pilaf

Like my snowman, Four Grain Pilaf will be a sparkling star at your dinner party.
Toast sliced almonds in the oven and set aside.  In a large Dutch oven, sauté carrots, parsley, and onion in butter and olive oil until it’s soft.  Add all the grains to the pot and sauté until it’s lightly browned. Stir in both, herbs, salt, and pepper and stir.  Cover pot and simmer on low heat for 1 hour.  Garnish with toasted almonds and serve.
This time of the year I enjoy serving 4 Grain Pilaf with Cranberry Barbecue Chicken at holiday parties. It can even dress up sliced roast chicken when Mrs. Santa is wrapping Christmas up!
Today is my sweet sister, Kim’s  50-something birthday along with my 2 year-old granddaughter, Elsie. Happy, happy birthday to two of my favorite gals, both shining stars, in my life!  Thanks too, Kim for sharing your amazing pilaf with me.  Now happy everything to my blog friends…here’s the recipe for you!
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Kim’s Four Grain Pilaf
You'll adore this delicious side-dish shared by my sister Kim. It's filled with grains and crunchy almonds, and is perfect for entertaining.
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot shredded
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ⅓ cup chopped parsley
  • ⅓ cup each, barley, brown rice and bulgar
  • 3 tablespoons wild rice
  • 2-3/4 cups beef or chicken broth
  • ¾ each basil, oregano, salt, and pepper
  1. Toast almonds and set aside. Saute until soft in butter, onion, carrots and parsley. Add and saute until lightly browned, barley, brown rice, bulgar, and wild rice. Stir in broth, herbs, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low heat 60 minutes. Garnish with toasted almonds and serve hot.
If you are using homemade beef or chicken stock, add the salt. If you opt for chicken or beef bouillon, be very careful about adding additional salt. Instead, pass the salt shaker! Yes, another lesson learned the hard way..."note to self."
Four Grain Pilaf
HO! HO! HO!  Party On my friends…thanks for coming.

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. Pam

    Is 6:15 a.m. too early to have a hearty helping of this rice pilaf and your bbq chicken? I think not, because my mouth is watering right now. Yum!

    Happy Birthday to your sister and niece! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  2. LDH

    Oh, I am copying this recipe. It looks so good and just the kind of side I find hearty and satisfying. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Garden of Egan

    If it comes from your kitchen I am going to try it.
    I haven’t ever tried anything fancy with the name “pilaf” in it. Just doesn’t sound right.

    BUT you make it look good.
    So we will make this on Sunday with our turkey.

  4. SavoringTime in the Kitchen

    I think I could eat that pilaf all by itself! It sounds wonderful. Happy Birthday your your sis and granddaughter!

  5. Linda

    This looks delicious1 I love getting new recipes. I am your newest follower too!

  6. Debbie

    First, I’m so glad to see you post a recipe. I’ve never tried a thing you posted that my family didn’t love.

    Now, don’t laugh but I’ve never had bulgar. I’ll have to look at the market to see if we even have it.

    And Happy Birthday to the two birthday girls. I have it on good authority that some of the most fun people were born in December.

  7. bj

    Oh, this sounds sooo good. I have all the ingredients except BULGAR…and I don’t have a single clue what that might be. a grain of sorts, I am guessing. Can I make this dish without it or had I better go to the store?

  8. Jacqueline

    I am such a carboholic that I could probably eat the whole dish. Sounds wonderful!

  9. Becki Jacobs

    This sounds wonderful and I like how you mixed the grains in this dish. good point on the salt – I have done that before and I love salt.

  10. Cathy

    What a wonderful side dish. I would be happy with a plate of this and salad for dinner. This recipe is a keeper.


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