GrecoSoCo Cabbage, Rice & Shrimp

In the traditional Greek kitchen, we have a very simple dish called Lahanorizo--Cabbage Rice. It's a variation of Spinach Rice. Yes, we keep it simple in the Greek Heritage kitchen--even when we name the dishes! It's difficult to believe that cooking this basic can satisfy so thoroughly, but simplicity and quality ingredients usually yield excellent results.

In my husband's family's traditional Southern kitchen, there's a similar dish called Fried Cabbage or Cooked Cabbage. Again, so simple, so basic and yet a family favorite! Good ingredients, minimal preparation but a comfort food classic!.

In Charleston, South Carolina, an iconic dish called Shrimp & Grits is another traditional recipe that's always pleasing. I was inspired by all of these dishes to create a new dish, yet another GrecoSoCo recipe that combines my traditions and those of my husband. Shrimp & Cabbage Rice Stew.

The preparation requires a little bit of pot-stirring, but nothing like a risotto. Ideally, you'll end up with equal parts cabbage, seafood and rice. You can save a bit of time by chopping and pre-cooking the cabbage by parboiling it the night before. Dunk it into a pot of boiling water for just a few minutes and drain thoroughly. The next day, proceed with the recipe. Click here for the full recipe.


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