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Meat Pie, Jijyboo (M, TNT)
Source: Self
Serves: 10

3 cups brown rice
2 large eggs
Salt, pepper

2 lbs. ground beef
6 shallots, diced
6 large (or 1 Portobello) mushrooms, chopped
Olive oil (enough to sauté)
Salt, pepper
1 tablespoon of Baharat spice blend (click here for recipe)
2 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)
1 cup tomato sauce
1 bag baby spinach
Mixed grilled veggies (I used pepper, eggplant and squash)

Spray 9"x13" aluminum pan with cooking spray.

Mix egg, rice, and baharat spice blend. Coat bottom with half the rice mixture.

Sauté shallots and mushrooms, set aside. In same pan, brown ground beef and drain fat. Add spices and sugar to taste. Combine with sautéed shallots and mushrooms and add tomato sauce.

Spread meat mixture on top of rice in prepared pan. Place spinach leaves on top of the meat and grilled veggies in single layer on top of the spinach. Put the reserved rice/egg mixture on top of the whole pie, spreading out to cover it.

Bake uncovered in 350°F oven for 1 hour. Rice will turn into a crust and meat and veggies will continue to "stew." Serve like a moussaka or lasagna, in squares. Enjoy!

Poster's Notes:
Baharat spice blend can be purchased in Middle Eastern stores. It is a combination of cloves, cinnamon, ginger, cardamon and other spices.

I made this up last Friday and served it on Friday night and when my husband asked what it is, I didn't know exactly what to call it, so he came up with the name Jijyboo, which essentially is one of those words he uses like "thingamabob" and can mean anything.

Posted by Judy Lederman

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A