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;
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
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
-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...
Till next time!!
Dishin with Didi