Golden Rice Pie

"Shirl J said "I have leftover rice and chicken--what to do?" I remembered this Mollie Katzen recipe. I hadn't made it in a long time, but I made it again, and, with apologies to Ms. Katzen, added chicken. A really nice luncheon or supper dish."
 
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Golden Rice Pie created by WicklewoodWench
Ready In:
2hrs 35mins
Ingredients:
18
Serves:
8
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ingredients

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directions

  • Cook rice and allow it to cool slightly.
  • While rice is cooking, heat olive oil in a large skillet.
  • When oil is very hot, add onion and 1/2 teaspoon salt and turn heat to medium low.
  • Stir and cook for about five minutes, then cover the pan and let the onion cook for 30 minutes longer.
  • Stir in the spices and the garlic and cook for five more minutes.
  • Turn the heat to high and add the spinach and another 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  • Stir fry until the liquid has evaporated--just a few moments.
  • Remove from heat and mix in chicken and, if you are using them, the raisins.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Generously butter a two-quart lidded casserole (about 10" in diameter and 2" deep) and its lid.
  • If you do not have a lidded casserole, you can cover your dish with buttered foil.
  • Combine yogurt, egg, lemon zest, lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of salt and the pepper and beat well.
  • Add the rice and mix thoroughly.
  • Firmly press half the rice into the buttered casserole.
  • Lift the spinach mixture from the skillet with a slotted spoon and spread it over the rice.
  • Next, top the spinach with the remaining rice, smoothing it firmly into place.
  • Cover the casserole with its buttered lid or with foil, butter side down.
  • Bake for 45 minutes in the center rack of the oven, then move to the bottom shelf and bake for ten more minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let it rest for about ten minutes.
  • Invert onto a platter and serve, cut in wedges.

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  1. UmmBinat
    Delicious just time consuming. Pretty presentation with the two garnishes. I made 1/4 batch for a large bread loaf pan that would feed 2-3 people. I used white Basmati rice cooked with some butter & sea salt, unrefined extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, freshly ground coriander, allspice in place of nutmeg as we do not consume intoxicants, fresh baby spinach, a good 3% plain yogurt, freshly ground black pepper, no chicken, no optional raisins, fresh pomegranate seeds, plus the rest of the ingredients. I served it with recipe#219789 and Balkan (thick) yogurt for a filling vegetarian meal. I might make this again. Made for NA/ME TAG not sure what month.
     
  2. UmmBinat
    Delicious just time consuming. Pretty presentation with the two garnishes. I made 1/4 batch for a large bread loaf pan that would feed 2-3 people. I used white Basmati rice cooked with some butter & sea salt, unrefined extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, freshly ground coriander, allspice in place of nutmeg as we do not consume intoxicants, fresh baby spinach, a good 3% plain yogurt, freshly ground black pepper, no chicken, no optional raisins, fresh pomegranate seeds, plus the rest of the ingredients. I served it with recipe#219789 and Balkan (thick) yogurt for a filling vegetarian meal. I might make this again. Made for NA/ME TAG not sure what month.
     
  3. WicklewoodWench
    Golden Rice Pie Created by WicklewoodWench
  4. WicklewoodWench
    I made this for NA*ME 2011 and like the other reviewers I halved the ingredients as there are only the four of us here at the moment and two of them are unbelievably picky eaters,,,but it was so tasty I have had requests to make it again. I think I shall wait until the whole family is here and I can make the full recipe and perhaps have a proper Middle Eastern banquet.
     
  5. Im Christy
    I haven't tried this yet but since the reviewers had questions I did a Google search and found the original so I could figure out the details. The link is http://www.molliekatzen.com/recipes/recipe.php?recipe=rice_pie
     

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