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Ross fil-Forn – Oven Baked Rice

One of the most common popular dishes on the island! This is one of those recipes that everyone has a slightly different version of. Let us know your favourite add-ons.

Ross fil-Forn - Oven Baked Rice

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By MC Serves: 4


  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 500 g minced meat
  • 500 ml tomato sauce
  • 1 beef bouillon
  • 1 small white onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • mixed Italian herbs seasoning
  • 1 tbsp tomato concentrate - Maltese kunserva
  • 4 basil leaves
  • fior di vita four cheese
  • fior di vita mozzarella pearls
  • 1 tbsp golden drop olive oil
  • kuhne crispy fried onions
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper



In a large pan or pot, heat the olive oil and fry the onion for a few minutes until translucent.


Add the minced meat, and let cook until it gets brown


Add the mixed Italian herbs and mix well.


Add the tomato sauce. Mix well


Add the beef bouillon and the tomato concentrate and mix well.


Add the basil leaves, cover and let simmer for 1 hour, stirring it occasionally so that the meat doesn't get stuck to the bottom.


Preheat the oven to 180°C


Wash the rice in cold water until the water is clear.


During the last half an hour, bring to a boil a pot filled with water. Once it starts to boil, season with salt. Add the rice and cook on low heat for about 5 minutes. The rice shouldn't be cooked all the way.


Mix the rice together with the sauce.


In a separate small bowl, mix together the raw eggs and add to the already mixed rice


Place half the mixed rice in a baking dish and gently press it down to pack it in. Cover the top layer with the fior di vita four cheese and mozzarella pearls.


Add the remaining rice followed by another topping of fior di vita for cheese and kuhne crispy fried onions.


Bake the dish on the middle rack of your oven for about 35 minutes.


Once ready, let it rest for a few minutes before slicing through so that the rice bake doesn't break completely.


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