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Slow Cooker Greek Rice with Red Bell Pepper, Feta, and Kalamata Olives

This Slow Cooker Greek Rice with Red Bell Pepper, Feta, and Kalamata Olives is a perfect side dish when you want something that can cook mostly unattended, and I’d love this as a summer side that won’t heat up the house. Use Side Dishes to find more recipes like this one.

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I first made this delicious Slow Cooker Greek Rice with Red Bell Pepper, Feta, and Kalamata Olives with Jake, a few years ago and just before I packed up my house where I’d lived for 25 years and moved to the new house. At the time I remarked about how good this was, even if it wasn’t that photogenic, but I think the new version made in the Crock-Pot Casserole Crock Slow Cooker is actually quite pretty but a large oval slow cooker would work too! Maybe it was just easier to make it when I wasn’t focused on moving.

I’m a real convert to slow cooker rice; have you tried it? Cooking the rice in the slow cooker means you don’t have to watch it much, and if you want a summer side dish for something cooked on the grill, you can make this without heating up the house.  I think this rice also makes a nice vegetarian main dish with all the flavors going on here. I loved this when I first made it with Jake, and loved it even more when I made it in the Casserole Crock to get these greatly-improved photos.

Slow Cooker Greek Rice with Red Bell Pepper, Feta, and Kalamata Olives was first posted March 2013 and was updated with greatly improved photos June 2016. For the updated version made in the Casserole Crock, I increased the size of the recipe just a bit, switched parsley for sliced green onions, used two colors of peppers and increased the amount of Feta. I updated the original recipe with options for the changes I made this time.

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Heat olive oil and saute the rice until it’s nicely browned. Add rice to the slow cooker. Add a little more oil and saute the onions until they’re starting to barely brown, about 4-5 minutes. Then add the garlic, Greek Seasoning, and Oregano and cook a couple of minutes more. Deglaze the pan with 2 cans chicken or vegetable broth and enough water to make 4 cups.

Slow Cooker Greek Rice with Red Bell Pepper, Feta, and Kalamata Olives found on KalynsKitchen.com

Add the broth/onion mixture to the slow cooker, stir, and cook on high about 1 1/2 hours (or until the rice is partly softened but not done.) While rice cooks chops the red and green pepper and green onion, slice the olives, and crumble the Feta. Stir in the peppers and cook about 15 minutes. Then add the olives and crumbled Feta and cook another 15 minutes, or until rice is done.

Slow Cooker Greek Rice with Red Bell Pepper, Feta, and Kalamata Olives found on KalynsKitchen.com

When the rice is done to your liking, stir in the lemon juice and season with salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Sprinkle the rice with the rest of the crumbled Feta and sliced green onions and serve!

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Slow Cooker Greek Rice with Red Bell Pepper, Feta, and Kalamata Olives

This Slow Cooker Greek Rice with Red Bell Pepper, Feta, and Kalamata Olives is a perfect side dish when you want something that can cook mostly unattended.

Ingredients:

  • 1 T + 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice
  • 1 onion, chopped small
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. Greek Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano (preferably Greek oregano)
  • 2 cans (14 oz. each) chicken or vegetable stock plus enough water to make 4 cups
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeds removed and finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeds removed and finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup sliced Kalamata olives (or regular black olives will also be good)
  • 1 cup crumbled Feta cheese + 1/2 cup more for sprinkling on top if desired
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion (or more)
  • 1-2 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large heavy frying pan, add Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice and saute until the rice is nicely browned (watch it carefully.)  Put the browned rice into the slow cooker.
  2. Add the other teaspoon of oil and the onions and cook until they start to brown, about 4-5 minutes.  Then add the garlic, Greek seasoning, and dried oregano and cook a couple minutes more.
  3. Add the stock/water mixture and scrape the pan to remove any browned bits; then add the onion/stock mixture to the slow cooker with the rice.  Cook on high for 1 1/2 hours.
  4. While the rice cooks finely chop the bell peppers, slice green onions, and crumble the Feta.
  5. After 1 1/2 hours (or when the rice is fairly softened, but not completely done) add the bell peppers and cook 15 minutes more.
  6. Then add the Feta and sliced olives to the slow cooker and cook another 15 minutes.
  7. Check to be sure the rice is as cooked as you’d like it, then stir in the lemon juice and season with salt and fresh-ground pepper to taste.
  8. Top with additional crumbled Feta and green onions as desired and serve hot.

Notes:

I used my Crock-Pot Casserole Crock Slow Cooker for this recipe.

Recipe adapted from Greek Rice in Crock-Pot 365 Year-Round Recipes.

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Low-Carb Diet Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Because some starchiness is removed in the converting process, Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice is actually the most low-glycemic type of rice you can buy, making Slow Cooker Greek Rice with Red Bell Pepper, Feta, and Kalamata Olives a great dish for low-glycemic diets or Phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet, and this recipe is also gluten-free and can be vegetarian if you use vegetable stock. Rice isn’t low in carbs, but this rice with added vegetables, olives, and cheese would be lower in carbs than most rice dishes.

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    29 Comments on “Slow Cooker Greek Rice with Red Bell Pepper, Feta, and Kalamata Olives”

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  2. This sounds yum. Do you have any idea if you increase liquid or how you would cook regular rice? I don't use the converted type.

    • Without trying it, I am not sure how you'd need to adjust to cook regular rice (or even how regular rice will work in a slow cooker; I think the converted rice stays a bit firmer.) You might be able to tell by googling the two types of rice and comparing the amount of liquid and cooking times.