Lamb with Rice Casserole Recipe
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Lamb with Rice Casserole

Serve this with plain yogurt or yogurt and cucumber.
1-1/2 lbs. lean lamb, diced
2 medium onions, quartered
1/2 cup butter or olive oil
1 tsp. cinnamon
4 Tbs. pine nuts or chopped almonds
2 Tbs. tomato puree
Salt and black pepper
2 cups long-grain rice, washed and drained
2-1/2 cups boiling water

Preheat the oven to 3500 F. Saute the lamb and onions in the butter or oil in a heavy frying pan over low heat until the meat is almost tender. Stir in the cinnamon and nuts and saute until the nuts are lightly browned. Stir in the tomato puree, season to taste with salt and pepper, and transfer the mixture to the bottom of a heavy casserole. Distribute it evenly and spread the rice over the top. Pour in the boiling water. Cover and transfer to the preheated oven.

Bake for 1 hour or until the rice is tender. Place a large serving dish over the top of the casserole and invert the contents of the dish.

Serves 6.

Variation: Add 1 Tbs. fresh chopped mint or 1 tsp. dried mint to the pan with the tomato puree. Fifteen minutes before the end of the baking period sprinkle grated cheese over the contents of the casserole and continue baking.

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