Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Kids friendly recipe

Let's cook...."Yuvarlakia"
credit N. Kostopoulou

This is my sons ultimate favorite food! It is fulfilling, great for a cold day like today, and is soooo easy to make it.

This plate is very common back in Greece and sometimes you can find it in a traditional Tavern too. It is a kind of soup and it is actually meatballs with rice.

You will need

  • 500gr. Beef mince meat
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of rice and some extra for the soup about 2 spoons
  • one small onion shredded
  • a hint of dry oregano, parsley and mint
  • 1 tsp. olive oil and extra for the soup
  • 1 vegetable cube (optional)
  • Salt, pepper
  • 2-3 potatoes cut in 4
  • 1 carrot cut in little cubes
  • lemon

Put it together

Mixed the beef, the egg. the rice, the onion, the olive oil, the herbs and the seasoning, as you do when you are making meatballs. Make small balls because they will expand later with the rice, so you don't want them to look huge! In the meantime put water in a deep pan and bring it to boil, then put the cube in for extra taste. Add the yuvarlakia, the rice  the cut potatoes , the carrots and little olive oil. Cook until the meat is soft and the rice has boiled. At the end you add some lemon juice. It goes very well with some Greek feta cheese and adults can add some black pepper.

Option1: It is a great plate where you can "hide" inside vegetables and kids will not realize it, try shredded courgette /zucchini or carrot.
Option 2: At the end you can make a thicker sauce by mixing 1 beaten egg, juice from one lemon and a big spoon of the foods liquid so to warm the mix. Mix them with spoon, lower the heat and put them in the food, turn the pan around so the egg mix will go everywhere, and close the heat.  Ready, mmmmm yummy! Kali orexi! Bon appettit!

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