In Greek: αρνί με πιλάφι στο φούρνο, pronounced ar-NEE meh pee-LAH-fee stoh FOOR-noh
This easy oven casserole is a great choice for a family meal. It can also be made with other meat – chicken, beef, pork, and even liver.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
- 2 1/4 pounds of lamb or mutton, cut in serving-size pieces
- 3/4 cups of olive oil
- 1 to 1 1/4 pounds of ripe tomatoes, puréed
- 1 3/4 cups of uncooked long-grain rice
- 1 small onion, minced
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups of water
- 1 1/2 cups of hot water
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
Preheat oven to 390F (200C).
Season the lamb with salt and pepper, and place in a roasting pan or oven casserole dish. Pour the olive oil, puréed tomatoes, and 2 cups of water over the meat. Cook at 390F (200C) for one hour and 30 minutes. Turn the meat half way through if it has bones.
Sauté the onion and rice in 1 tablespoon of olive oil for 5 minutes, stirring continuously. Add the rice mixture and hot water to the meat (place in between the meat). Cook for another 10-15 minutes until the rice is done.
Yield: serves 4