Monday, March 18, 2013

Spanakorizo (Greek Spinach Rice)

I know...

Comfort food.  This is exactly what this is.  Lately I have been craving comfort foods from when I was growing up.  Meaning my Greek roots.  I don't know if the weird weather has anything to do with it or not, but all I want to do is just cuddle up on the couch with a throw, my doggies and a big bowl of goodness!


This is one of the most infamous rice dishes in Greece.  There are regional differences, (but of course) in regards to what fresh herbs you use and if you add a tomato product to it or not.  Other than that, the preparation is pretty much the same.  From my region (the Islands), we add a tomato product to it, along with sometimes using green onions.  My ex mother-in-laws region (Sparta), they do not add the tomato product to the rice.  After having tried both, I actually prefer the one without the tomato product, "sorry mama"!



This rice is bursting with flavor, I have to be honest with you.  Chock full of spinach, dill, onions, olive oil... did I mention how healthy it is too?  Squeeze a bit of lemon on top and your talking Food of the Gods here!!  It can be served as a main meal with a nice hunk of Feta cheese and some crusty bread, (I think I just salivated again).  Or serve as a side dish with one of your favorite meats.  I highly suggest a nice Souvlaki with this, or meatballs?  Heaven!

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;


Yield: 4-6
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups uncooked rice
1 pkg (9 Oz) fresh spinach 
1/3 cup fresh parsley (1 tbsp dried)
1/3 cup fresh dill chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
1 medium onion diced (5-6 green onions diced)
3-4 tbsp olive oil
3 1/4 cups water
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
*optional* lemon slices

Directions:
-In a large saute pan add your olive oil and heat.  Add your onions and when they start to become fragrant, about 3- 4 minutes, add your spinach and let wilt.




-When spinach is almost wilted add your herbs and cook for one more minute.

-Now let's add the rice.  Saute for 1 more minute, and add your salt, pepper and water. Stir to mix.  Turn heat down to low, cover and let cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Now is the time to make yourself that coffee.

-Turn off heat and adjust for seasonings if needed.




That is it.  How easy was that?  The most flavorful main or side dish ever.  It is delicious, absolutely addicting, low fat and healthy for you...  




Squeeze a little bit of lemon juice and grab your fork.


Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi

22 comments :

  1. Thanks so much for this. I am always looking for side dishes. Love spinach!

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    1. You are so welcome Precious! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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  2. Love rice...love spinach..and yes, Greek meatballs on top would be the crowning touch! Great post Didi!!

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    1. Melissa, that is one of my favorite ways to serve the Spanakorizo, is with Greek meatballs!!

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  3. YUMMY! This is perfect Didi! And you posted this just in time for Kathari Deftera!! I will make this dish this week for certain!

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  4. Didi doll- Fab recipe, and I love Melissa's idea of the meatballs. Or even crumbled ground beef. If I do the crumbled beef, what additional seasonings would I use for the meat? I want to make this for sure! xxoo

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    1. Linda I honestly can't answer adding in the meat because we always made it vegetarian. ♥

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  5. Oh Didi.. Yummm!! I cant wait to make this.. Its happening THIS week!! You're using dill weed, right? Not dill seed. I need to dig in my freezer.. I know I have some in there somewhere. ;) I both freeze & dry all my herbs.
    Lemon Pepper Chicken would be fantastic with this.. You can brown both sizes quickly before you start the spinach & rice, remove it until after you start the rice simmering, and add it back then, add lemon pepper to the chicken (or FISH!) and proceed as you directed. Oh yeah.. Im definitely having green rice this week! Love ya! You're an angel!

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  6. Oh Didi.. Yummm!! I cant wait to make this.. Its happening THIS week!! You're using dill weed, right? Not dill seed. I need to dig in my freezer.. I know I have some in there somewhere. ;) I both freeze & dry all my herbs.
    Lemon Pepper Chicken would be fantastic with this.. You can brown both sizes quickly before you start the spinach & rice, remove it until after you start the rice simmering, and add it back then, add lemon pepper to the chicken (or FISH!) and proceed as you directed. Oh yeah.. Im definitely having green rice this week! Love ya! You're an angel!

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  7. Dang.. lost my post I guess..
    YUM! This looks awesome & Im gonna make it THIS week!! Im gonna add either chicken or fish.. If I do the chicken, I'll quickly brown both sides first, then remove it from the pan, go thru your directions, and then add the chicken back in when it starts to simmer and add lemon pepper seasoning to the chicken. It'll be cooked by the time the rice is done.. Oh Lord Have Mercy.. I cant wait!!

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    1. Kimmie I'm loving the chicken on top idea. Yum!

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  8. This looks delightful Didi! I can't wait to make it. I've got lots of Green Giant spinach in the freezer. Looks like a good way to use it up.

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    1. Hi Karen and welcome aboard!! Frozen spinach works just as well. I hope you enjoy it. Welcome again!

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  9. One of the best Greek dishes ever....healthy yummy and fills you up my mom use both white and green onions and I always drizzle some extra olive oil n lemon on top its amazing with fried yavro fish (if you're in Greece)or fish fry if you're in US.

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  10. I'm from Athens so no tomato in the recipe and about the ground beef on top absolutely not!you never find a geek gramma or mom doing that.

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  11. Is the rice suppose to already be cooked?

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    1. Hello Anonymous,
      No, uncooked rice. You simmer it as instructed above.

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  12. Oh boy! This looks really yummy and I agree with Melissa, Greek meatballs with this would make a perfect dinner!

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