Youvetsi – Lamb & Tomato with Kritharaki (Greek small orzo)

Ingredients for 4/6 people

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit/Gas 4).
Heat the olive oil in a pan and fry the lamb/beef in batches until golden brown on all sides.

Transfer the meat pieces in a casserole dish and add the Greka sauce of your choice (both work really well). Add a 1 litre of hot water, add salt and freshly milled pepper to taste.

Cover with foil and bake for 11/2 to 2 hours or until the lamb/beef is really tender.

Once you are happy the meat is lovely and soft, add the kritharaki. Mix well, cover and return to the oven for 5 to 10 minutes. By this time the kritharaki should be soft and should have absorbed some of the sauce. You may need to add a little more hot water if the dish seems too dry.

Serve hot, sprinkled with the crumbled feta or cheese of your choice.

A nice fresh Greek salad and crusty bread is the only accompaniment you need to enjoy this dish!