It’s spring, yet we can still have comforting dishes… wouldn’t you agree? “Greek” Rice or Arroz à Grega is one of those dishes. It’s easy, quick, and colorful. It looks so festive that it makes me smile!
It is made with rice — of course– as well as assorted vegetables that can vary from one recipe to the next, raisins, and sometimes cubed ham. Regardless of variations in its ingredients, it’s a complete meal! Greek rice can be served as main dish or a side for chicken. Since I put ham in mine, I serve it all by itself.
Although given the name “GREEK”, this rice dish is, in fact, BRAZILIAN. 🙂 I searched… and searched for the origin of its name, only to come away without any explanation. That’s when I told myself that it was time to consult Panos and Mirella, from Little Cooking Tips, my favorite Greek food blog.
According to them, in Greece there is no such rice dish per se, although many folks there use raisins, vegetables, or ham/sausage in rice as ingredients for stuffing tomatoes, bell peppers, or chicken/lamb. Most likely this name was given to the dish by Greeks living abroad using the stuffing rice recipe as a main or side dish. It is so good to find answers!!!!
But don’t you worry! The most important thing of all is flavor… and boy, “Greek” rice sure delivers, in every single spoonful.