Hashwi is Lenten Middle Eastern rice made with ground lamb or beef, pine nuts, and spices. This versatile and delicious savory dish can be eaten as a side, main course, or as a stuffing for vegetables.
- 1 lb. lean ground beef sirloin OR ground lamb
- ¼ c. pine nuts
- Small onion, chopped
- ¾ stick butter (6 Tbsp.)
- 1 tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- ¾ tsp. cinnamon
- 1½ c. long grain rice
- 2½ c. chicken broth
- In a deep saute pan, lightly brown the ground lamb or beef. Drain excess fat.
- Add onion and pine nuts to meat and saute.
- Stir in butter, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and uncooked long grain rice.
- Add chicken broth, stir, cover, and simmer 25-30 minutes, testing rice for doneness.
- Serve as a meal (can add shredded, marinated chicken), as a side dish, or as a stuffing (works well for vegetables such as bell peppers, eggplant, artichoke). Serving suggestion: serve hot with Lebanese pita bread, hummus, and cheese or dolmas.
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