Rice with Olives and Beef + {Giveaway Closed}

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Inspiration comes from different places, and at times, it comes from within. This might sound crazy to you, but my inspiration today came from a jar.

I’ve received Olive Red Bell Pepper Spread from Penna, and I couldn’t believe how a spread can taste so good. The olives and olive oil are rich and of high quality, the combination of spices was amazing, and the red bell pepper was succulent. It’s a delicious appetizer.  

I didn’t taste any chemicals, just fresh ingredients. My family and I loved it, we had this spread on chicken with rice, freshly baked bread, and even used it as an ingredient in a pasta dish, it’s a winner each time.

I knew that Penna’s olives are good, but I’ve never used their spreads before. It should be in every kitchen.

 After enjoying Olive Red Bell Pepper Spread, the images of bell pepper, beef, and olives kept on bouncing in my head, and slowly a recipe started to form. I wasn’t sure how the outcome will be, but I gave it a try anyway. 
IMG_0461-modiThe outcome was delicious and I’d love to share it with you!



1 cup of beef cut in small cubes

1 cup long grain rice washed and soaked

2 tablespoons sunflower oil

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 tablespoon tomato paste

1 tablespoon flour

Salt to taste

1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder

1/4 teaspoon coriander powder

1 medium onion finely chopped

1 clove garlic minced

1 yellow bell pepper chopped

1/2 cup pitted green olives

3 cups boiling water


– Add flour to the beef and mix well.

– Fry the beef in sunflower oil until brown. Remove from heat and keep aside.

– In a different pan, add olive oil and fry the onion, when translucent add the beef, stir for 2 minutes, and then add one cup boiling water.

– When the water evaporates, add the spices, tomato paste, garlic, and salt.

– Stir for two minutes, add 2 cups boiling water.

– When it comes to a boil, add the bell pepper, olives, and rice.

– Let it come to a boil again. Reduce heat to the lowest, cover the rice and let it cook for 20 minutes or until done.

The Giveaway

Penna – Great Olives, will send one lucky winner a jar of Parmesan Asiago Dip.

parmesan isiagoParmesan-Asiago Dip is the perfect blend of flavors to compliment raw vegetables, breads, & crackers. Made from Parmesan and Asiago cheeses with extra virgin olive oil and spices. You can also use it in place of mayonnaise in your favorite pasta salad or potato salad. Speaking of potatoes, try a teaspoon in your mashed potatoes. Use it in place of mayo on your favorite sandwich.

To enter this giveaway you have to:

– Like Penna on Facebook.

To increase your chances of winning, you can do any of the following:

– Follow Penna on Twitterand tweet about this giveaway.

– Visit Penna’s website, comeback here and tell us in the comment section, what other product caught your eyes.

Winner will be announced on August 12, 2012.

Don’t forget to follow me, to get updates on different giveaways and new recipes.



84 Comments on Rice with Olives and Beef + {Giveaway Closed}

  1. Angie's Recipes
    30/07/2012 at 12:48 pm (3 years ago)

    This is a simple and delicious rice dish that I could have every day!

  2. Ttrockwood@yahoo.com
    31/07/2012 at 12:25 am (3 years ago)

    I liked penna on facebook! (terri)

  3. Ttrockwood@yahoo.com
    31/07/2012 at 12:31 am (3 years ago)

    The vermouth onions and olive oils look awesome!

  4. Rosa's Yummy Yums
    31/07/2012 at 7:23 am (3 years ago)

    A scrumptious dish and combination! That spread looks lovely.



  5. Munatycooking
    31/07/2012 at 7:56 am (3 years ago)

    @Angie and @Rosa, Thanks to both of you and my other foodie friends, I have learned a lot from you, and I’m still learning. It’s your support that keeps me going and brings out the best in me 😉

  6. Tina (PinayInTexas)
    31/07/2012 at 5:17 pm (3 years ago)

    Love the look of this rice with olives and beef, Muna! Truly a deliciously filling meal!

  7. Munatycooking
    31/07/2012 at 6:52 pm (3 years ago)

    @Ttrockwood, thanks for participating!

  8. Munatycooking
    31/07/2012 at 6:54 pm (3 years ago)

    @Tina, Thanks dear, It’s easy to make, and the flavor is a pleasant surprise :)

  9. kyl neusch
    31/07/2012 at 7:19 pm (3 years ago)

    Like Penna on Facebook.

  10. kyl neusch
    31/07/2012 at 7:20 pm (3 years ago)

    the Pimento Stuffed Olives 5 oz

  11. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    01/08/2012 at 6:36 am (3 years ago)

    Great idea to use the spread for rice! I like how you used several spices for this dish. When it comes to fried rice, my version is pretty boring with typical Asian flavor… :-( Great post!

  12. Angela
    01/08/2012 at 5:06 pm (3 years ago)

    Truly an inspired dish, all the way around.

  13. Munatycooking
    01/08/2012 at 5:38 pm (3 years ago)

    @Susan, Thank you!

    @Nami, Thanks dear. This dish tasted really good, try it someday and let me know what you think :)

    @Angela, Thanks for stopping by, I’ve been to your blog and loved everything there specially the pizza. I’m following your blog :)

  14. Cake Duchess
    02/08/2012 at 1:39 am (3 years ago)

    Love this flavors in this dish, Muna. I am always interested in new rice dishes. Thanks for the inspiration:)

  15. Munatycooking
    02/08/2012 at 4:36 am (3 years ago)

    @Cake Duchess, I’m always thrilled when I come up with a recipe and it actually tastes good :) Give it a try one day!

  16. Chuck Bartok
    04/08/2012 at 7:12 pm (3 years ago)

    I Liked and visited. So exciting to see my former neighbor’s products being so graciously recognized.
    I remember so many years ago the idea germinating and developing for Penna Olives to take quality products produced locally to more people directly

    • Munatycooking
      05/08/2012 at 1:48 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks for participating :)

  17. Medeja
    05/08/2012 at 11:24 am (3 years ago)

    Yummy beef dish! I like all those spices used, can imagine how flavorful it was :)

  18. Spice up the Curry
    05/08/2012 at 12:07 pm (3 years ago)

    very very delicious looking rice preparation

  19. Munatycooking
    05/08/2012 at 1:49 pm (3 years ago)

    @Medeja and @Spice up the curry, Thanks guys :)

  20. llinda29
    06/08/2012 at 12:30 am (3 years ago)

    Like Penna on Facebook.

  21. Jena
    08/08/2012 at 11:17 pm (3 years ago)

    I like Penna on FB
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  22. Jena
    08/08/2012 at 11:19 pm (3 years ago)

    I would also love to try the Olive Red Bell Pepper Spread
    jenakaye at gmail dot com

  23. Anonymous
    10/08/2012 at 2:02 am (3 years ago)

    liked on fb
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  24. Anonymous
    10/08/2012 at 6:14 pm (3 years ago)

    i like penna on fb
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  25. Anonymous
    10/08/2012 at 6:21 pm (3 years ago)

    i follow penna on twitter
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  26. Anonymous
    10/08/2012 at 6:25 pm (3 years ago)

    the parmesan asiago spread!
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  27. deanna
    11/08/2012 at 8:20 am (3 years ago)

    Like Penna on Facebook as deanna time
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  28. Mike Rice
    11/08/2012 at 5:28 pm (3 years ago)

    I visited the web site and Pimento Stuffed Olives really caught my eye

  29. Diane52
    11/08/2012 at 5:50 pm (3 years ago)

    Like on facebook, follow on google and would love to create and eat the yummy Parmesan-Romano Stuffed olives
    Diane Baum

  30. Kristie
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    Like Penna on Facebook. Kristie Morrison Donelson. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  31. Cody Anderson
    11/08/2012 at 7:04 pm (3 years ago)

    I visited their website and the Crema Verde olive spread also looked tasty. Cody Anderson, cody@xkyle.com

  32. Iliana R
    11/08/2012 at 7:13 pm (3 years ago)

    I would also like to try Lemon Citrus Pitted olives!


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    11/08/2012 at 9:38 pm (3 years ago)

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  37. Teresa B
    11/08/2012 at 10:57 pm (3 years ago)

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  39. Linda Kwolek
    12/08/2012 at 12:14 am (3 years ago)

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  40. Jackie
    12/08/2012 at 12:45 am (3 years ago)

    Your recipe looks delicious.
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  41. Jackie
    12/08/2012 at 12:49 am (3 years ago)

    Another item that looks good is the Olive Country Spread

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  43. heather abbe
    12/08/2012 at 1:01 am (3 years ago)

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  45. Debra Lee
    12/08/2012 at 2:57 am (3 years ago)

    I would love to try the blue cheese stuffed olives!

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  51. Dani
    12/08/2012 at 4:47 am (3 years ago)

    I would also like to try the feta stuffed olives. I think they would be great in a Greek salad.

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