Ground Lamb and Rice Pilaf

June  6, 2012
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  • Serves 4 to 6 as a side
Author Notes

Son Matt was in town last week for the Memorial Day holiday and so we had many of his favorites for the week - a seafood pasta, ribs for the actual holiday, smoked salmon, cream cheese and bagels for brunch - and for his farewell dinner, my Grilled Lamb Chops- Greek Style: http://food52.com/recipes.... I usually always make a rice pilaf and chunky veggie salad with this. The pilaf this time had in it - what else but LAMB!
Note that this recipe can easily be doubled or tripled and with ground lamb at my local butcher going for about $4.00 per pound I can serve many "on the cheap"! Just adapt your pan size.


What You'll Need
  • 1/3 pound ground lamb
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 stalk celery, finely diced
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1/2 cup orzo
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
  • Juice of half a lemon
  1. In a large saute pan, brown the ground lamb. Drain in a colander and reserve.
  2. In the same pan warm the olive oil and saute the onion, celery and garlic until softened. Stir in the salt, pepper and ground cumin.
  3. Still over the heat, stir in the parsley,rice and orzo and continue to saute for a minutes or two. Stir in the browned lamb.
  4. Add the water to the pan and bring just up to the boil. Transfer the mixture to a 10 x10 inch baking dish (or one similar in size) and bake in a preheated 350F oven for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the water is absorbed into the rice and orzo.
  5. Remove from the oven and stir in the chopped mint and lemon juice. Serve hot.

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Recipe by: inpatskitchen

I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I learned...to this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining. My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!

4 Reviews

jonesafer March 7, 2016
This has become a favorite of ours. I have 2 gluten free diets to accommodate so I put a Persian spin on this by replacing the orzo with 1/3 cup of lentils (green Puy are great...but I've used the regular brown ones with good results too) Cover the lentils by a few inches vegetable or chicken stock. Drain the lentils and add the stock to the cooking liquid to total 3 cups of liquid. I also add an equal amount of ground coriander to the cumin. Other than these 2 minor changes I follow this recipe as written.
inpatskitchen March 7, 2016
Thanks so much jonesafer! Love your spin on this!!
aargersi June 6, 2012
YUM YUM! I heart lamb a LOT a LOT!!!! Plus all of the flavors combined.
inpatskitchen June 6, 2012
I know...I'm with you...just love lamb and all of these flavors! Thanks so much!