Yuvetsi Kritharaki Me Kima Kypriotiko

Course : Greek
Serves: 4
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2 tablespoons vegetable oil or margarine
1 pound lean meat -- ground
1 medium Onion -- minced or grated
1 teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper
3 whole cloves
1 piece cinnamon stick
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup hot water
1 quart stock -- (same flavor as meat)
1 1/4 cups kritharaki or orzo
1 tablespoons parsley or watercress

Preparation / Directions:

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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