Middle Eastern SundaySupperI have loved participating in #SundaySupper over the last year and have made so many awesome new blogging friends. Now, it’s finally my time to host this event.  What better topic for me than the theme of Middle Eastern food?  If you’ve followed my journey, you’ll know that before I met my husband I could barely cook American food let alone anything else.  Over time and exposure I have become adept at adapting traditional Moroccan and Middle Eastern dishes for an American kitchen. There are so many delicious Middle Eastern foods but I feel a lot of people are overwhelmed by the use of spices and different cooking techniques.

One of the biggest reasons I love serving my guests Middle Eastern meals is because I believe food is the best form of diplomacy.  #SundaySupper is about bringing families to the dinner table.  I take it one step further and invite friends and neighbors to our Middle Eastern table. This invariably opens up conversations that many people would feel too uncomfortable to ask in public. Food is so powerful!  Today, I made a quick Persian style rice and spiced beef.  It’s a great weeknight dish when you don’t have a lot of time.

Quick Persian Rice and Beef

Quick Persian Rice and Spiced Beef for a Middle Eastern #SundaySupper


    For the Rice
  • 1 medium potato
  • 2 cups dry instant white or brown rice
  • vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper
  • For the Beef
  • 1 lb beef cut into bite size pieces (I use an arm roast)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper (optional, can reduce to lower heat)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • extra virgin olive oil


    To Make the Beef
  • Slice beef into bite size cubes and place in a bowl or Ziploc bag.
  • Mix spices into the beef; turmeric, red pepper, salt, garlic, cumin, and ginger.
  • Drizzle in just enough olive oil to coat the meat and make a paste with the spices.
  • Place into the refrigerator and marinade at least 30 minutes but up to overnight.
  • To Make the Rice
  • In the bottom of a large pan, add just enough oil to coat the bottom.
  • Peel a potato and slice as thinly as possible.
  • Arrange the potato pieces in the bottom of the pan and cook until the bottom is crispy, then flip over to the other side of the potato.
  • Season the potatoes with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Add 2 cups of dry rice and the amount of water the box specifies.
  • When rice is removed from the heat, place a tea towel between the lid and the top of the pot, place the lid back on and allow the water to absorb into the rice. The tea towel helps pull out the condensation making the rice more dry and fluffy.
  • Cooking the Beef
  • I love the spiced beef on the grill. To prepare thread skewers with meat and cook to the done-ness you like.
  • If it's too cold to grill or you don't have one,the meat can be cooked in a pan under the oven broiler or in a pan on the stovetop.
  • Take care not to overcook the meat because it will become too tough.
  • To Serve
  • Place a large platter, serving side down on top of the rice pan.
  • Invert the pan so that the crunchy potato bottom is on top.
  • Add the spiced beef to the top and serve with a green salad or other vegetable.

Persian Beef and Rice

What’s everyone else making? There are some seriously delicious foods on the lineup this week.

Mezze {Appetizers}

Salata {Salads and Sides}


Halwa {Desserts}

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