Friday, December 15, 2017

Puerto Rican Arroz con Gandules (Rice with Pigeon Peas)


Tip: Read directions completely before preparing.

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups long grain white rice (washed and rinsed well)
3 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons Recaito
1/4 cup chopped pork salt
1/4 cup chopped bacon
2 tablespoons Spanish olives
1 tablespoon capers
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (15 oz.) can green pigeon peas, drained
1 envelope sazon with culantro and achiote
1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground comino (cumin)
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon tomato paste
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons chicken bouillon

Directions:
Start by heating the oil in a pot at high heat, and when the oil is nice and hot, add the salt pork.


When the salt pork is cooked but not crisp, add the bacon. 


Once browned, add Recaito, (a unique cilantro-based seasoning base that enhances the flavor) onions and garlic, olives, capers, comino (cumin), oregano, black pepper and envelope of sazon. Stir fry all together for about 1 minute.












Add pigeon peas, tomato paste, then add the water and bring to boil.







Wash rice under cold running water until water is clear and drain. Add rice to pot, chicken boullion and stir.


 


Once the liquid has began to boil and most of the water has cooked off, lower heat to lowest setting, and stir 1 more time, top with bay leaves, then cover with tight lid.


Let this cook for about 10 minutes on a low heat setting, remove cover and bay leaves, turn rice, and continue to cook at low heat for another 15 minutes until the rice is tender. Enjoy!






Tip:  Do not stir, but turn the rice with a large serving spoon. For a variation, add some cubed ham when adding the sofrito. The best part of this rice is the crust which forms on the bottom, called the pegao!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is one of most favorite dishes I grew up eating in NY. I lived around alot of Puerto Ricans and I loved what my friend's mom would cook. Your are correct the pegao was awesome!

My Cocina said...

Hi! Glad to know you enjoyed the rice as much as I did growing up!