Try This Beloved Rice Recipe That Is 2,300 Years Old
Many of you are familiar with Greek spinach pie, but I have a delicious rice variation that's been a favorite Greek dish – hot or cold – since the time of Alexander the Great.
It's called spanakorizo, or Greek-style spinach rice. I promise, if you enjoy sautéed spinach folded into rice pilaf, you'll find much gusto with this easy and perfect dish.
- 2 cups medium grain rice
- 1 lemon
- 2 pounds fresh spinach - washed well
- 1 red onion
- 1 leek
- 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 4 fresh mint leaves (optional)
- 1 small bunch fresh minced dill
- ½ tablespoon black pepper
Cut the washed spinach into pieces. Next, peel and mince the red onion ad mince the white bulb of the washed leek. Bring to a boil three quarts of water, and lower the flame to a simmer.
Sautée the onion in the olive oil until translucent, stirring occasionally. Now add the rice, tomato paste, juice of the lemon, minced dill, mint leaves and black pepper, stir-frying the ingredients for a couple of minutes.
Complete the dish by covering the rice with a few ladles of boiling water, add the spinach and cook on simmer to maintain the rice creamy and fluffy, stirring as needed, adding a little more boiling water when necessary.
Let the dish sit for a few minutes. I like to add a little bit of crumbled feta cheese over the top.
Let me know if you enjoy this delicious dish! Kalee Ore Ksee! Bon Appétit!