Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Words & Brush Recipe Corner: Rice and Meat Casserole


Roz Moh’shi, a rice and meat casserole that hails from Tunisian cuisine

Pascale’s Kitchen: From oven to table

I like to switch up the filling to keep things exciting – sometimes I use a beef filling, other times quinoa, which can be mixed with dried fruits.

 Rice and meet casserole (credit: PASCALE PEREZ-RUBIN) 

Rice and meat casserole (credit: PASCALE PEREZ-RUBIN)

Roz Moh’shi, a rice and meat casserole that hails from Tunisian cuisine. This dish, which in some households is traditionally served on Seder night, is made up of a layer of rice, then a meat mixture, then more rice. I personally love serving this dish all year long. It can be prepared as one large casserole, but I like to go an extra step and prepare little individual casseroles baked in a muffin tin. I remove each mini casserole from the paper liners, then stack them on a platter adorned with lettuce and roquette leaves. 


Makes 12-14 servings. 

  • 2 cups Persian rice
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 150 gr. beef shoulder
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, cut into pieces
  • 6 parsley sprigs, chopped finely
  • 1 large onion, chopped finely
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. turmeric
  • ½-¾ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup oil

Pour the rice into a medium pot and add water to cover. Cook over a medium flame for 30 minutes until the rice has softened. Remove from the flame and rinse well in a colander. 

Place the beef in a small pot and pour on water to cover. Cook over a medium flame for 40 minutes or until the beef has softened. Drain and let the beef come to room temperature. 

Place the drained rice in a large bowl. Add half of the turmeric, pepper and salt. While mixing, add the three eggs, one at a time, while mixing. Add the lemon juice and mix well. 

Once the beef has cooled, cut into small cubes or pull apart. Put the beef pieces in a separate bowl, then add the parsley, onion and the hard-boiled eggs. Mix well, then add the rest of the spices and mix again.

Grease a muffin tin, line it with paper liners, and place it in the oven so it can heat up. Take the tray out of oven. Spoon in a layer of rice in all the cavities, then a layer of beef, then another layer of rice.

Bake in an oven that has been preheated to 180° for 30-40 minutes. Serve hot. 

Level of difficulty: Easy-medium.Time: 1.5-2 hours. Status: Meat.


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