Saffron, being the most premium spice in the world, has been used widely in elevating a number of dishes. Its golden hue shine and its distinct aroma has been a great addition to some best tasting delicacies such as bouillabaisse (a French fish stew), arancini (Sicilian rice balls), paella (Spanish rice with clams, sausage and chicken) and simple steamed mussels in tomato sauce.
Saffron comes from a flower known as the fall-blooming crocus. Cultivating and harvesting saffron threads usually take a lot of time and labor, making it one of the culinary world’s most precious commodities.
Most exquisite lines of cuisines use saffron as an essential ingredient — Iranian, Italian, French Indian, Morrocan.
In many cases, saffron threads should be steeped in a hot, acidic, or alcoholic liquid for at least 20 minutes prior to being added to your dish. Once steeped, both the threads and the liquid are added to the dish (marxfood.com).
Here are more elite dishes that use saffron as a premium:
Roast Chicken with Thyme, Lemon and Saffron bits
Steamed Saffron Rice with Tahdig
Seafood (Shellfish) Paella
Risottoa alla Milanese Baked
Saffron Yogurt Rice with Chicken Persian
Almond Cake with Saffron and Rose Water
Indian Fried Dough with Saffron Syrup Saffron Lemon
Ice Cream Saffron
Clam Pizza Sicialian Seafood Stew with Almonds and Couscous
Moroccan Pigeon Pie
Kashmiri Saffron Tea
Sweet Yogurt with Saffron and Pistachios
Sopa De Habas (Fava Bean Soup) Ricotta Pancakes
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