Beef and Rice Mediterranean Dish

Beef And Rice Mediterranean Dish Recipe

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Elizabeth Pyrzenski


Always enjoyed the spices used in Greek dishes. This recipe reminds me of a Mediterranean takeoff of a shepherds pie with the crunch of nuts and sweetness of fruit.

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4-6 servings
20 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


1-1/2 c
medium grain rice (water maid)
olive oil
1 small
red onion, finely chopped
1 lb
lean ground beef
1-3/4 tsp
allspice, divided
1 tsp
garlic powder
3/4 tsp
ground cloves, divided
3/4 tsp
ground cinnamon, divided
salt & pepper
1/2 c
fresh parsley, roughly chopped
1/2 c
pine nuts, toasted
1/2 c
slivered almonds, toasted
1/2 c
dark raisins


1Soak the rice in cold water for 15 minutes or until easily able to flatten grain. Drain well.
2Heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil in cooking pot. Toss in chopped red onions. Add ground beef and cook briefly...then season wit 1-1/4 tsp allspice, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp ground cloves, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, salt and pepper. Stir and cook 8 - 10 mins. or until the meat is browned. Drain fat from pot.
3Top meat with rice. Season rice with a little salt and the rest of the spices. Add 2-1/2 cups of water and 1 Tbls. of olive oil. This should cover the rice. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Let boil until the liquid has significantly reduced. Turn the heat to low, cover and let cook 20 - 25 mins. until moisture has completely been absorbed.
4Place a large serving platter on top of the pot and carefully flip the pot contents onto the platter. The meat is now on top of the rice. Garnish with parsley, the pine nuts, almonds and raisins.

About Beef and Rice Mediterranean Dish

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mediterranean
Other Tag: Healthy