Arroz con gandulesARROZ CON GANDULES

2 cups grain rice (rinsed)
4 to 5 cups of hot water, or beef broth- appx.
½ cup sofrito
16 ounce can of gandules
2 tablespoons of alcaparrado (cappers and olives        mixed together)
1 packet of Sazon with achiote
1 can tomato sauce
3 tablespoons of oil
Salt & pepper to taste

Tip: ( cut up 1 or 2 pork chops into bite size pieces and add to the mix sauteing gently before adding rice)

In a medium size caldero add the oil, tomato sauce, alcaparrado, sofrito and sazon. Cook over medium heat for 4 minutes. Add all other ingredients, and enough water to cover the rice 1″ above the rice line. Start with 1 teaspoon of salt stir and keep adding and mixing well until you are satisfied with the taste. Bring to a boil and cook over high heat until most of the water is absorbed. Once the water has been absorbed, Cover and turn the heat down to low.  Cook for 30 minutes or until the rice is tender.

Any rice that sticks to the bottom of the pot is called “pegao” and is crispy and tasty and a favorite of all true Puerto Ricans. However, not everyone is skilled is making pegao – it is an art. To make great pegao make sure to use plenty of oil. Cook for about 10 minutes longer so the pegao gets crispy and keep your eye on it. Each time you cook rice – check to see how long it takes to make pegao just the way your family likes it. Finally – if you want a lot of pegao – use a bigger caldero which, of course, will have a larger bottom surface.


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