Prep 25 mins
Cook 1 hr 35 mins
Inspired by RSC#11 ingredients. If you enjoy Mediterranean flavors, you'll enjoy this. Vegetarian.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 -3 shallots, minced (about 1/2 cup)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1⁄2 cups long grain brown rice
- 3 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced (about 1 cup baby bellas)
- 1⁄2 cup dried sun-dried tomato, chopped kitchen shears work good (about 1.5oz)
- 1⁄2 cup kalamata olive, drained and sliced (about 2oz) (optional)
- 1 (13 3/4 ounce) can water-packed artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
- 2 1⁄2 cups water
- 2 vegetable bouillon cubes
- 1 -2 teaspoon italian seasoning or 1 -2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1⁄4-1⁄2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, more to taste (optional)
- 1 cup asiago cheese, shredded (about 1.5oz)
- 2 cups spinach, chopped (fresh or frozen)
- 1⁄4 cup fresh parsley, minced or 1⁄4 cup fresh cilantro
- 2 -4 tablespoons fresh basil, minced
- 2 key limes, juice and zest of
- crumbled feta cheese, to serve (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and saute for about 3 minutes until they start to brown.
- Add garlic and saute another 2 minutes.
- Add rice and stir-fry until it browns about 10 minutes.
- Stir mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, olives and artichoke hearts into rice and pour into an 8x8 baking dish.
- Heat water, bouillon, seasoning and peppers until boiling. Immediately pour over rice.
- Cover baking dish tightly with 2 layers of foil.
- Bake for 75 minutes.
- Uncover and fluff with a fork.
- Stir in asiago, spinach, parsley, basil, lime juice and zest. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Uncover and let sit 5 more minutes before serving.
- Top with crumbled feta to serve, if desired.
We liked this, but found it to be a bit salty for our tastes. Next time I will add less olives and half the artichokes, and maybe cut back on the cheese too. I should have added more liquid, too, because some of the rice didn't cook all the way through -- but that could be because the cooking vessel wasn't sealed tightly enough. (I used an enameled cast iron dutch oven and its cover instead of two layers of foil.) Other than being a bit salty, the flavors were wonderful and meld well together. Made for ZWT4.
I made this a couple of weeks ago when it was originally posted and thought it was so delicious that I wanted to rate it immediately. However, we were all asked to wait so I was happy to see it here today. This is wonderful but the lime is the key ingredient. I followed the recipe exactly and had no problem whatsover with it. However, I had leftovers for the next day and it lost a lot of its character and wasn't half as delicious. I'll just have to eat the whole thing next time. Thank you.
5 stars, more if I could give it. I omitted mushrooms (don't eat them), used less parsley and used bottled key lime juice and no zest. Funny, it did not smell too well while baking but it sure tasted great! Yummy! Spinach wilted and cooked just fine.