Before I get to the recipe for spinach rice I want to say a great BIG thank you to everyone reading, commenting and linking up to #Tastytuesdays. I’m so touched by all the love for this linky, truly.

Last week’s post for Greek Chicken Casserole was the most popular week to date with so many delicious entries, Papa G was super impressed!

I loved them all but a quick mention of three of our favourites here: Coombe Mill’s brilliant Butternut Squash & Fig Salad , Mama & More’s vibrant and heartfelt Bringing memories into my kitchen – Courtbouillon de Poisson (a creole fish stew from Martinique) and last but not least, the inventive, original and very pretty Grilled Watermelon with Honey Glazed Mandarin by Capture by Lucy.

Now for the Spinach Rice…

Recipe for Spinach Rice (Spanakorizo)

This simple yet enticing dish is a Greek national favourite and my little boys absolutely love it! This rice with spinach can be enjoyed as a side dish or as a main course on its own.

Papa G says it makes for an attractive accompaniment to tomato based casseroles and to roast and grilled meats or a vegetarian main such as moussaka (George’s recipe can be found here).

Here we’ve taken out the gold antique dinner set usually reserved for Christmas, to really show the rice off!

Spinach rice

Ingredients:

1 kg fresh spinach
2 medium onions, finely chopped
2 leeks (with as much as of the green as possible), finely chopped.
4 tablespoons virgin olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
500 ml vegetable stock or water
175g short grain rice, washed and drained
1 small handful flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
1 small handful of fresh dill finely chopped
25g kefalotyri or parmesan cheese grated (optional), finely grated
zest of lemon plus 1 tablespoon juice

Method:

Wash the spinach thoroughly in cold water and drain. Remove tough stalks and chop it coursely. In a large saucepan, fry the onion and leeks in the olive oil over medium heat until lightly golden. Add the spinach and cook for 2-3 minutes until it wilts.

Add the seasoning and continue cooking until the mixture is soft. Add the stock or water, bring this to the boil, then add the rice, parsley, dill and lemon zest.

Cover and cook gently until the rice is tender but has not absorbed the liquid completely. Remove the pan from the heat, place a tea towel or cheesecloth over the top and leave on the side for 10-15 minutes. Stir, squeeze lemon juice over the top and serve. Sprinkle with the grated cheese if you prefer.

Recipe for Spinach Rice (Spanakorizo)

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44 Responses

  1. Aimee

    Totally knew coming back to this site would make my belly growl! Looks fantastic! x
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  2. shaheen

    I had fun last time, that i had to come back again and share another recipe. Thank you so much for inviting me to participate last week , really appreciated. Loving the look of your Spinach rice!

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    • honestmum

      @Shaheen thanks so much, fab to have you again!
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    • honestmum

      @Sammie Hodges thanks!
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    • Honest Mum

      @Kerry my pleasure, you must try it!
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  3. jenny paulin

    aha! i always wondered what spanakorizo was and now i know! i have some orizo in the cupboard too! x
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    • Honest Mum

      @Jenny it’s a spinach rice dish-not sure what orizo is but orzo is a small pasta shaped like rice. You’ll need short grain rice for this recipe x
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  4. Claire

    This looks lovely. I really love spinach, and it’s so good for you. Rice is always great, whether as a side dish or as part of a main meal. I can see this working well as a sort of Greek risotto too. Yum!
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    • Honest Mum

      OOh thanks Claire, yes eaten this as both a side dish and main, so filling. This dish is basically a Greek risotto! x
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    • Honest Mum

      Oh fab, thanks very much! x
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    • Honest Mum

      @Julie’s Family Kitchen thanks so much, it was delicious!
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  5. Lynda H

    That looks so good! I am such a sucker for Greek flavors – definitely going to try this. Thanks for sharing, and for hosting Tasty Tuesdays!
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  6. Sarah (@tamingtwins)

    Mummy Constant’s beef stew has made me want to make this tonight! Winter warmer time. Maybe with your delicious looking rice. Thanks as always for a fab linky.
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  7. Mummy Constant

    The rice looks absolutely gorgeous, thank you so much for the yummy recipe.

    I love having all these ideas.

    I have linked up, again! Woohoo 🙂 x
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  8. Corina

    The rice sounds lovely. It looks like it has lots of spinach in and is full of flavour. I might try it with frozen spinach.
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  9. Steph @MisplacedBrit.com

    Delicious, I don’t eat spinach nearly enough & never even thought of having it with rice!
    Love your styling <3; got really inspired after the last Capture By Lucy post… watch this space 😉
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  10. TheBoyandMe

    That looks yummy and I’m pinning it for future reference. I was wondering what to have it with so am grateful that Papa G gave suggestions, I can see us eating that with moussaka; my sister would love it!
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  11. Coombemill

    No that beats chinese egg fried rice to me. I adore spinach so this is perfect. Thank you for the lovely recipe mention from ;last week. I promise to be back with more. I love your link up here.
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  12. Sharmin

    Love this recipe, it looks so tasty and something that I would actually be able to make. I linked up again this week 😉 xxx
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  13. Capture by Lucy

    Hello vintage gold!! You know I am a fan of styling up my food shots, but is it just me or does this dish just sing on that plate?! Love it! xx
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    • honestmum

      Thanks @capturebylucy love your food styling and we are going to styling up our recipes a lot more, the antique dinner set is my folks and cost them a fortune (real gold with crown stamp-maybe I should take it to The Antiques Roadshow)…I’ve nicked it now…hope they don’t mind! x

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  14. Jenny

    This looks fantastic. I am definitely bookmarking this one to try on the family. I am always looking for more recipes to add to our favorites. I get bogged down with the same favorites. My poor kids taste buds. I need to broaden their palettes. Love your tasty tuesday link up. I don’t recipes very often but when I do I will definitely link up.
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