Yuvetsi kritharaki me kima kypriotiko – greek casserole


2 tbsp vegetable oil or margarine
1 onion; minced or grated
3 whole cloves
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 qt stock (same flavor as meat)
parsley or watercress
1 lb lean meat, ground

Salt & freshly ground pepper
1 cup -hot water
1 1/4 cup kritharaki or orzo

How to prepare

Heat the oil and mash the meat into it with a fork, then cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly until the raw color disappears. Add the onion, salt, and pepper to taste, spices, and tomato paste diluted with hot water. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, then remove the spices. Add the hot stock and kritharaki and transfer to a buttered”yuvetsi” or baking casserole. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Bake in a moderately hot oven for 40 minutes, or until the pasta is tender and all liquid has been absorbed, stirring once. Remove from the oven. Drape with a dry kitchen towel to absorb moisture. Serve hot, garnished with parsley or watercress.

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