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Persian Carpet Rides

Persian Carpet Rides


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Persian Carpet Rides

As a Batmitzvah present, my grandfather Natie, took me to Israel, Persia and the Far East. I could understand going to Israel, but why Persia? Well, he had his reasons, because it was there that he bought me a Persian carpet and said, "This is for you, my darling, a wedding present - who know's if I'll be around then, but as long as I'm here now, let's enjoy this moment." Today the carpet hangs on a wall in my lounge. Was he at my wedding? Of course he was; maybe not in person, but he would have brought heaven down to earth to be there even if he took a magic carpet ride!


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  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium sized onion, peeled and grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 8 oz baby-leaf spinach
  • little oil for frying
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3/4 cup tomato juice


1.  Combine the ground beef, onion, garlic, cumin, rice, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper in a large bowl and
mix until well combined.
2.  Roll teaspoons of the mixture into oblong balls.
3.  Boil up a pot of water and dip the spinach leaves into it to soften them.  They should take about 1 minute
to soften.  Plunge them immediately into cold water, then drain well.
4.  On a flat surface, position two or three spinach leaves so that they are overlapping each other.
5.  Place an oblong shaped ground beef ball on the leaves, pull the leaves up around the meat and roll up as
you would a Swiss roll.
6.  Repeat until all the meat balls are used up.
7.  Heat the oil in a frying pan (12″ saute pan) and pack the spinach rolls tightly into it.
8.  Combine the lemon juice, sugar and tomato juice in a bowl and mix well.
9.  Once the spinach rolls start to crackle a little in the oil, pour over the tomato sauce.
10.  Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat.
11.  Place a plate on top of the spinach rolls to prevent them floating and simmer for about 45 minutes.
12.  Don’t let all the juice reduce – this spinach rolls should be nicely glazed, but not swimming in sauce.
13.  Serve on a bed of couscous or on their own as a side dish.

About The Kosher Butcher's Wife


Sharon Lurie is The Kosher Butcher's Wife. Written in a humorous, fun style, Sharon's first book, Cooking with the Kosher Butcher's Wife, set out to dispel the old myth that kosher meat is tough, dry and boring and in doing so, took the monotony our of mince and put the bounce back into Brisket. In her latest book 'Celebrating with the Kosher Butcher's Wife, Sharon takes you on her trip down memory lane, where she proves traditional recipes don't have to be tired and old fashioned, but rather, very trendy and abosulutely delicious.. Visit Celebrating with the Kosher Butcher's Wife!




4 Responses to Persian Carpet Rides

  1. avatar says: joanhm

    Can this dish be made a day or 2 ahead of time? Can it be refrigerated or frozen and defrosted/reheated before serving?

  2. Yes, this dish can be made a day or two ahead. Reheating can either be done on the stove top or in a preheated oven (180/350 deg.) covered for about 20 minutes. However, I would add a little more tomato juice when reheating (about 1/4 cup tomato juice and 1/4 cup water) to keep them moist as the rice in the meatballs tends to absorb some of the moisture when refrigerated. I have also frozen them successfully, adding a little more tomato juice and water when reheating.

  3. avatar says: tzippora

    that’s so touching with your grandfather Natie. Wow what a wonderful memory and gift.
    thanks for sharing, Tzippora

  4. Hi Tzippora, Thank you so much. I often wonder if people read all the personal stories. You’ve made my day. He was the most special loved grandfather ever. Thank you

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