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blopez34

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Thanksgiving is coming up, and I am trying to track down a recipe. I had a Greek friend verbally describe what this is, but I need a recipe to follow if someone can help me out. His family recipe involves:
  • Onion
  • Ground beef
  • Rice
  • Water or broth
  • All spice, cinnamon, oregano (I thought he said oregano but I am not 100%)
  • Roasted chestnuts
I think maybe I can guess that the onion is sautéed, the ground beef needs to be browned, the rice is stirred in and water or broth is added, and the chestnuts are roasted separately and stirred in at the end?

Thanks for your help! I am learning that Greek cooks have most of their recipes in their brains.
 

k_tsoukalas

Moderator
You know, that looks about right. The proportions I use are 1 onion, 2 pounds of ground beef, about 1.5 cups rice. I don't measure the water or broth. And FYI, I personally use water. This year we are doing 2 pounds of chestnuts - chestnuts are hard to find.
 

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