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Old 01-17-2009, 07:19 PM   #1
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Greek Spinach Rice with lamb

I usually make this when I am making a Greek style meal. I mostly make it with out the lamb because I never have the ground lamb on hand but it is great both ways! Everyone I have ever made this for has ALWAYS asked for the recipe afterward! Enjoy!



Spinach Rice

10oz of chopped spinach frozen or bundle of fresh
1 1/2 cups of rice (long grain, basmati, jasmin whatever you prefer)
2 1/2-3 cups stock or water (I prefer stock for added flavor)
2 pinches of chili powder
1/2 cup of crumbled feta cheese (amount of your preference)
1/2 pound of ground lamb meat (optional)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 small onion chopped
1 lemon
salt and pepper to taste
In a large saute pan saute onion in oil till translucent, add rice and chili powder, mix together till coated well with oil, put heat on low/medium.

Meanwhile in a separate saucepan bring stock and spinach to boil. Once it comes to a boil add to rice in saute pan cover with lid. Simmer till rice absorbs all liquid and is tender. About 30 mins.
Brown separately ground lamb, salt and pepper to taste.
Once rice has absorbed all or most liquid stir in lamb, juice of lemon, and feta cheese. Take off heat and let sit a couple of minutes to allow cheese to slightly melt.
Great with pita bread.
Great as a side or alone !

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Old 01-17-2009, 08:11 PM   #2
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I make Spinach Rice, but mine is a Creole version. It's in my book.
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:29 PM   #3
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Dee, this sounds GREAT!!!!!!
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Old 01-17-2009, 09:29 PM   #4
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OH. MY. GOD.

Where has this recipe BEEN all my life, dee????

I almost passed it by, so maybe the title should be changed to Greek Lamb Spinach Rice?

I must have it right now!!!! With some tzagiki (whatever ... that cucumber yogurt stuff).

Thank you a million!

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Old 01-17-2009, 10:05 PM   #5
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Trust me it is addicting! I also often add a little greek yogurt or arabic (lebneh) at the very end to add a touch of creamy tartness. Tzatziki and pita on the side is ALWAYS on my table!! And trust me without the lamb it is just as yummy and takes less than 30 minutes to make!


Hope you enjoy! :)
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Old 01-17-2009, 10:47 PM   #6
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It does sound delicious! MMMMM, I love Greek food as well. We are lucky to have Greek festivals in the summer. The women are such amazing bakers.
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:13 PM   #7
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DeeLady, I copied and pasted this and I'll be making it soon. It sounds so delicious.
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Old 01-18-2009, 01:04 AM   #8
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This really does sound wonderful. So when you make it without lamb, you are serving it meatless? Or are you using a different ground meat? Can't say whether I've ever seen ground lamb around here, but I suppose I could grind some myself.
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Old 01-18-2009, 12:28 PM   #9
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I serve it meatless to go as a side with lemon chicken usually. Trust me if you do not have the lamb it is just as good without! :)
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Old 01-18-2009, 01:15 PM   #10
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Sounds delicious & one I will definitely be trying. Agree with Deelady that it would be perfect along with a Greek Lemon-Roasted Chicken. As far as the ground meat, I'd be subbing in ground turkey or chicken.
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