Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Spanakorizo (Greek Spinach Rice)

We've seen the FBI Gloves (Food Blog Inspection) blog event at Palachinka a while back, and when we saw this edition's blog was Closet Cooking, we decided to join in the fun.

Of course, being procrastinators, it was only yesterday that we decided it was now or never. This was due on April 30, after all. We had better make something fast!

We had shortlisted a few recipes from Kevin's site a while back -- like Thai Peanut Turkey Burger, Green Bean & Mushroom Poutine, or Green Tea White Chocolate Mascarpone Brownies -- but now we had to search all over again for something that we could make using ingredients we already had on hand.

JS had just bought spinach and feta cheese the day before, and of course we had cooked rice leftover, so spanakorizo was our chosen dish.

Closet Cooking: Spanakorizo (Greek Spinach Rice)

The recipe called for sautéing some onions, then adding cooked rice and spinach. The whole thing gets cooked until the spinach is wilted. Then, lemon juice & zest, feta and dill are added.

I pretty much followed the recipe, except ours was a much, much larger batch of spanakorizo. Also, we didn't have any dill on hand, so I used mint instead. At first it was very suspiciously like fried rice (especially since I used the wok!), but once all the spinach had wilted and the feta was added, the rice had a "creamier" consistency.

This was a great way to eat spinach. We served it alongside some chermoula prawns (post coming soon) and it was a great complement.

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Simple Greek Meal
Caper Salad
Greek Meatball Soup (Giouvarlakia)
Marinated Feta
Greek Shrimp with Feta
Greek Ribs with Tzatziki
Mushroom Ragu Pastitsio
Spanakorizo (Greek Spinach Rice)
Zucchini Ribbons Salad with Anchovy Dressing
Souvlaki (Pork and Chicken)
Tomato Bread Salad, Greek-style
Grilled Fish Fillet on Oregano
Pastéli (Greek Sesame Snaps)

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  1. What a fun blog event! i'll have to check it out - everything looks so yummy of course!

  2. Thanks a lot for joining! I myself have made a whole folder in my Google bookmarks from Kevin's blog, still have to write my post today :)

  3. I bet it would be a great side dish with souvlaki

  4. Mmm - looks delicious and I love Greek food!

  5. As I suspected-- it's studded with Feta cheese! Awesome!! :)

  6. Looks delicious. I made something similar that I called Green rice. It was fried rice with herbs. I used water cress instead of spinach and since it was fried rice, I didn't use feta.

  7. Sharon:
    Thanks! =)

    It was a fun event to do. Teehee -- so many blog recipes, so little time...

    We just piled on the feta, actually. ;)

    Oh yes, we saw that post. It was very pretty. We may have to try a real fried rice with greens next time. Watercress is pretty popular in the house too.


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