There are certain tastes and flavors that never leave our memories no matter how much time may have passed since we first experienced them. Such is the case with me and the aromatic Greek rice my mother so often made for our family when I was growing up.
As with almost all of her cooking, she seldom, if ever, referred to a recipe. She simply relied on an innate sense that never seemed to fail her. One of my favorite foods she frequently made in this manner was this garlic flavored rice. Here’s what she did: Into a favorite skillet she simply poured some olive oil, heated for a minute or so, added some dry rice, few cloves of fresh garlic, let it sizzle, then a few cups of water pinch of salt and a generous fistful of fresh chopped parsley, lowered the heat, put the lid on, and left it alone till she was ready to serve it to us.
We loved this with lamb which we often had, and also enjoyed having it as the stuffing for a whole roast chicken.
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- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 3 cups white rice
- 6 cups water
- 6 cloves fresh garlic peeled
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 1 fistful fresh parsley finely chopped
- black pepper to taste
- Heat olive oil in skillet until hot, add dry rice and stir until it becomes slightly golden.
- Add garlic cloves and let cook until softened, crush with fork; add water, and parsley.
- Cover tightly and let slowly simmer till desired doneness. Add pepper to taste.
Re: Savory Greek Rice
Is the rice boiled or steamed prior to mixing it with the garlic and oil?
Hello Frank, No, you want the rice to be dry – right out of the package – adding the water later in the recipe will cook it. Thanks for asking