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One-pot Moussaka Beef Rice Pilaf

Blossom Lady
Jun 15, 2024 03:38 AM
One-pot Moussaka Beef Rice Pilaf

Here’s a great new beef mince recipe to try! Think – Greek Moussaka flavours, in risotto form in a handy one-pot recipe. Eggplant, beef, tomato, lots of garlic and oregano. Cosy. Easy. Satisfying. Utterly delicious!

Think of today’s recipe as a cross between moussaka and risotto. But so much easier to make than both of them!

It channels moussaka vibes with eggplant and beef mince cooked in a red-wine tomato sauce, heavy on the garlic and oregano (Greece approves!). And it’s got the hallmarks of a great risotto, with the juicy, oozy rice. Never stodgy, never mushy.

It’s not authentic anything. But it’s very, very tasty, and a really handy one-pot meal for those times when you want something straightforward to make that’s filling, cosy and a little bit different. Because – what do you mean you’ve never cooked rice with eggplant before?? It works so well! Eggplant is a sponge for flavour. It soaks up all that garlicky, tomatoey, beefy flavour that bursts in your mouth when you bit into a piece!

Ingredients:
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves , finely minced
  • 1 onion , diced
  • 500g / 1 lb beef mince / ground beef (or lamb)
  • 1/2 tsp cooking salt / kosher salt (for the beef)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 300g/ 10oz eggplant (~ 20cm/8" long), cut into 1.5cm / 3/5" cubes
  • 1/3 cup pinot noir or other dry red wine (optional)
  • 1 cup basmati rice , uncooked
  • 400g / 14 oz can chickpeas , drained (or other beans of choice)
  • 400g / 14 oz can crushed tomato
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock/broth , low sodium
  • 1 1/4 tsp cooking salt / kosher salt (for broth)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

TO SERVE:
  • 1 tbsp parsley , finely chopped (optional)
  • Extra virgin olive oil , for drizzling
  • Dollop of Greek yogurt optional
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