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Pepper rice with Greek-style yoghurt

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for Pepper rice with Greek-style yoghurt

By Jonathan Barthelmess
  • 15 mins preparation
  • 30 mins cooking plus draining
  • Serves 10
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Pepper rice with Greek-style yoghurt
You'll need to begin this recipe a day ahead.


  • 500 gm Greek-style yoghurt
  • 80 gm cold salted butter, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp sage leaves
  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp each onion, finely chopped
  • 250 gm carnaroli rice (1¼ cups)
  • 50 ml dry white wine
  • 2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 litre hot chicken stock (4 cups)
  • 50 gm finely grated parmesan


  • 1
    Combine yoghurt and ½ tsp sea salt in a bowl, transfer to a sieve lined with muslin, place over a bowl and refrigerate overnight to drain (discard liquid).
  • 2
    Cook half the butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until foaming and starting to turn golden (1-2 minutes), add sage and stir occasionally until crisp (20-30 seconds). Drain and reserve leaves and butter separately.
  • 3
    Heat oil and half the remaining butter in a large wide saucepan over medium-high heat, add onion, stir occasionally until translucent (3-4 minutes). Add rice, stir until grains become transparent (1 minute), deglaze with wine and cook until wine evaporates (1-2 minutes), then add pepper. Add stock, a ladle at a time, stirring continuously until stock is almost completely absorbed and rice is tender (16-18 minutes). Remove from heat, season to taste, stir in parmesan, sage butter and remaining chopped butter, cover and stand for 3 minutes, then serve hot with dollops of drained yoghurt, scattered with crisp sage.


This recipe is from the May 2012 issue of .
Drink Suggestion: Chardonnay with a touch of acidity to cut through the richness of the butter. Drink suggestion by Sam Christie

  • Author: Jonathan Barthelmes