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Savory Oven-Baked Mediterranean Rice Delight

Aromatic Rice Infused with Rich Spices and Vegetables

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Savory Oven-Baked Mediterranean Rice Delight

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 30 minutesCook time: 40 minutesRest time: minutesTotal time:1 hour 10 minutesServings:4 servingsCalories:210 kcal Best Season:Suitable throughout the year

Description

Dive into a world of flavor with this savory oven-baked Mediterranean rice dish. Perfectly cooked rice is combined with a colorful medley of vegetables and a symphony of spices that will transport your taste buds to the sun-drenched coasts of the Mediterranean. This easy-to-make recipe promises a delicious and satisfying meal that’s sure to please the whole family.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Warm a skillet with olive oil over a medium flame. Crumble in the beef, stirring until it’s thoroughly browned. Toss in the crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, and bay leaves, letting it all simmer gently for 25 minutes on a low setting.
  2. While that’s cooking, put the rice into a pot and pour in enough water to rise one inch above the rice. Set to high heat until it reaches a rolling boil, then let it bubble for about 10 minutes—just until it’s halfway done—before draining the water away.
  3. Set your oven temperature to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) to preheat.
  4. Discard the bay leaves from the meat sauce, and blend in the rice that’s been parboiled. Fold in the fresh basil, mint, beaten eggs, and shredded mozzarella, seasoning the mix with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Shift everything into a baking dish that’s been lightly coated with oil or cooking spray. Evenly scatter a layer of grated Parmesan over the top.
  5. Slide the dish into the oven and let it bake for 40 minutes, or until you see the rice has fully softened and all the liquid has been absorbed into the dish.

Notes

  • – For a vegetarian version, substitute chicken broth with vegetable broth.
    – Feel free to add other vegetables like diced carrots or peas to the mix for added nutrition and color.
    – The rice can be prepared ahead of time and reheated, making it a perfect dish for meal prep or potlucks.
Keywords:Mediterranean rice, baked rice, vegetable rice, easy rice dish, aromatic rice

Can I use brown rice instead of white rice?

Yes, you can use brown rice, but keep in mind that it may require a longer cooking time and additional liquid.

Is it possible to make this dish vegan?

Absolutely! Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and substitute the butter with a vegan alternative.

Can I add meat to this recipe?

Yes, cooked chicken, sausage, or shrimp can be added to the dish for extra protein.

How should I store leftovers?

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat before serving.

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