Question. What is Spanakorizo
Answer. Spanakorizo has always been a favorite traditional recipe with very few ingredients and remarkable results. This is a vegetarian dish, but it can also be made with pork, lamb, veal, beef, or chicken.
Tips, tricks and info on how to make Spanakorizo
- First we must thoroughly clean the spinach from any sand residues. Fill sink with water and let spinach soak for a few minutes. Grab a handful of spinach, give it a gentle shake, and then transfer to other sink. Most of the soil and grit is at the roots (fresh spinach).
- Once all of the spinach is transfered to other sink, repeat 2 more times.
- Chop the onions, and herbes.
- Sauté the onions until tender because the spinach does not require a lot of time to cook.
- While the onions are sautéing mix the tomato paste with the water and set aside for now.
- Once onions are done add all the spinach.
- If you wish, prior to adding the spinach, you may blanch the spinach for 20 - 40 seconds, quickly cool it and squeeze it dry to remove excess liquid in order to intensify it's flavor and color.
- After a couple of minutes add the herbes.
- Add the rice, the tomato paste/water mixture and 2 tsp of lemon juice.
- Add the salt, pepper and hot pepper flakes to taste (optional).
- Cook with pot covered at medium heat, stirring every couple of minutes, until the spinach has reduced in size.
- This is how much liquid you should have at this point.
- Continue cooking until the juices have evaporated and the rice is cooked.
- After 40 minutes of cooking raise temperature to medium high with cover removed to allow the juices to evaporate. Cook another 10 minutes or so and you are done.
- Optional: You can add avgolemono (egg/lemon) sauce.
NOTE: If this Greek recipe is of interest to you, you may watch our video with step by step instructions and precise ingredient amounts. Spanakorizo video