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Puerto Rican Rice with Pigeon Peas

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Puerto Rican Rice with Pigeon Peas
Arroz Con Gandules
by James Belardo

I am of Puerto Rican and Italian decent, and since I grew up on the Italian side I didn’t have much exposure to Puerto Rican cuisine. I also left New York as a young teenager and moved to Canada, there’s no Puerto Rican community, let alone restaurants there. While visiting Orlando, Florida we found a wonderful place of inspiration, Tropico Mofungo, a wonderful authentic Puerto Rican restaurant. In just one sitting I was inspired to do some research and start on my quest to create some Puerto Rican inspired dishes.

Ingredients
1/4 lb. ham, bacon, pork belly or pancetta – chopped – optional
1/4 cup Zio’s Recaito (Puerto Rican Sofrito) (try our homemade version)
2 1/2 cups Chicken stock (try our homemade version)
1/4 cup hand crushed plum tomatoes (can) or 3-4 ripe plum tomatoes
1 cans Pigeon Peas, drained and rinsed
1/4 jar Manzanillo olives – optional
1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cups brown rice (uncooked but rinsed)
1 tsp  Sazón con Achiote y Culantro (try our homemade version) or 1/2 packet GOYA brand
1 tsp Zio’s Adobo (our homemade version)
1/2 tsp turmeric
salt – to taste
2 bay leaves
small handful fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions

1. Using a Dutch oven fry the ham (or pancetta) in 2 tbsp of olive oil with medium heat.
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2. When the ham becomes cooked to your liking add the Recaito herb-blend and cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly.
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3. Add the Sazón con Achiote y Cilantro, Adobo, turmeric and hand crushed tomatoes, mix well and cook for 2-5 minutes.
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4. Add the pre-rinsed rice and let cook for 5 minutes
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5. Add the chicken stock one cup at a time allowing each to come to a boil. After the second cup, add the bay leaves, let come back to boil.
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6. Add about 1/2 tsp salt, to taste, and then the pigeon peas and fresh cilantro.
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7. Mix well and stir frequently while the rice soaks up the liquid, add the olives (optional) cook for about 10-20 minutes.
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8. Once most of the liquid is absorbed, lower the heat and let cook covered until liquid is absorbed (stir frequently), then let sit for 10-20 minutes.

Enjoy

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Written by Zio James

July 4, 2016 at 12:10 PM

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