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Servings: 4 - 6
Ground Beef and Rice (Hashweh)
1 lb ground beef or lamb
2 cups rice, rinsed and drained
2 cups water, beef, chicken or lamb broth
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 - 3 tsp. 7 spice (found in Middle Eastern stores)
1 tbsp. cooking oil
Salt, to taste
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup almonds (blanched, peeled and slivered)
In a medium saucepan, combine the ground beef, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, 7-spice and cook on medium heat.
In another saucepan, heat 1 tbsp. of cooking oil and fry the almonds and pine nuts, remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
Stir in the rice, season with salt and cook for few minutes stirring constantly.
Stir in the beef and water or broth and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer.
Continue to cook, covered, until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 25-30 minutes, adding 1/4 cup water or salt if necessary.
Serve in a platter, sprinkled with fried nuts.
This dish is best served with roasted chicken or lamb.