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Drunken Rice with Chicken

Drunken Rice with Chicken
Arroz Borracho con Pollo

Serves: 6 to 8

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Ingredients

1/2 teaspoon saffron threads, crumbled

2 tablespoons boiling water

6 tablespoons safflower or corn oil, divided

6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher or coarse sea salt, divided, or to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 cups long or extra-long white rice

1/2 cup chopped white onion

1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper

1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

1/2 cup chopped tomato

2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed

Pinch of ground cumin

Pinch of ground cinnamon

2 whole cloves, stems removed and tops crushed

1 cup beer

3 1/2 cups chicken broth

1/2 cup peas, fresh or thawed from frozen

To Prepare

Place the saffron threads in a small mixing bowl along with the boiling water. Mix and let soak for 10 to 15 minutes.

Heat the oil in a large and thick casserole over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Once the oil is hot, brown the chicken for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove and place in a bowl. Add a couple more tablespoons of oil to the casserole and scrape drippings, don’t remove them though.

Add the uncooked rice and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, until its color starts to change to milky white and the grains separate. Incorporate the onion, green and red bell peppers, tomato and garlic and stir. Add the cumin, cinnamon, crushed cloves, 1/2 teaspoon salt and continue to cook for 4 to 5 more minutes, until vegetables have softened. Pour in the beer, and let it cook and reduce until it is almost absorbed and the alcohol has evaporated, a couple minutes.

Place the chicken pieces on top of the rice, pour the chicken broth on top and the saffron and its liquid, as well as the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and stir. When liquid starts to boil, add the peas and cover the pot, reduce heat to low, and continue cooking for about 20 more minutes, or until the rice is cooked through and the liquid has been mostly absorbed.

If the rice grains don’t seem soft and cooked through, add a bit more chicken stock or water and let it cook for another 5 minutes or so. Turn heat off, and let it sit covered for 5 to 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.

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Fresh From the Garden Green Rice

Green Rice
Arroz VerdeRecipe courtesy Tamara Belt

Serves: makes about 3 1/2 cups

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Ingredients

For the rice:

3 cups water

1/2 cup coarsely chopped white onion

1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped

Kosher or coarse sea salt, to taste

1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil

1 1/2 cups long grain white rice

1 whole serrano chile


For the green sauce:

3 cups packed baby spinach, washed and drained

1 jalapeño chile, coarsely chopped

1/3 cup chopped fresh basil or chopped cilantro (or both)

3 garlic cloves

Kosher or coarse sea salt, to taste

To Prepare

For the rice: Combine the water, onion, garlic and salt in a blender and puree until smooth.

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

Add the rice and cook, stirring constantly, until it is translucent. (There should be an occasional crackle and sizzle, but don’t let your rice color and pop. This means you should lower the heat.)

Pour in the onion/garlic puree and add the whole chile. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is cooked though.

For the green sauce: In a large saucepan, put enough water to cover the bottom, approximately 1/4 cup, add the spinach and set over medium heat. Cover and let cook until the spinach is wilted, about 2-3 minutes, checking to make sure the spinach looks bright green. If it turns a deep green, it has cooked for too long.

Put the spinach and water into a blender and add cilantro or basil, jalapeño and garlic cloves. Puree until smooth.

When you are ready to serve the rice, pour the green sauce over the rice and mix thoroughly, so all grains are coated in the sauce.

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Orange Blossom Rice with Pepitas

Orange Blossom Rice
Arroz con Flor de Azahar y Pepitas

Serves: 6 to 8

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Ingredients

2 cups long-grain white rice

3 tablespoons corn or safflower oil

1/2 cup finely chopped scallions

4 cups chicken broth, store-bought or homemade, or veggie broth or water

2 tablespoons orange blossom water (agua de naranjo o de azahar), or the rind of an orange (trying to get the least amount of white pith, mostly the orange peel)

1 teaspoon kosher salt or coarse sea salt

1/2 cup raw and hulled pumpkin seeds, lightly toasted

To Prepare

Place rice in a bowl, cover with hot water, and soak for about 5 minutes. Strain and rinse under cold running water until the water runs clear; drain well. If you don’t have time to soak and drain the rice, you can skip this step…

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan or casserole, over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the drained rice and cook, stirring often, until the rice becomes milky white and feels heavy in the pan as you stir, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the scallions and stir and cook until softened, 2 to 3 more minutes.

Add the chicken broth, orange blossom water or orange peel, salt and stir. When the mixture starts to boil, cover the pot, reduce the heat to lowest setting and cook until the rice is cooked through and the liquid has been absorbed, about 20 minutes.

If the rice grains don't seem soft and cooked through, add a bit more chicken stock or water and let it cook for another 5 more minutes or so. Remove the pan from the heat and let it sit covered for 5 to 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside.

Serve and decorate with the lightly toasted pumpkin seeds.

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March 5, 2010
Yellow Rice

Though I am no painter, this I know to be true:

Throw in four primary colors onto a painting palette and mix randomly. Whatever combination you come up with, there will be a Mexican rice that catches the spirit of those tones.

Red rice, cooked in a rich base of tomato puree, onion and garlic, and sometimes chopped vegetables.  Depending on the cook and the style, sometimes red rice may end up a bit on the orange side. Green rice, either based on Poblano chile, cilantro, parsley or a combination of those, giving a beautiful range of flavors along those grassy lines.  Black rice, seasoned with cooking broth from beans in the pot. White rice, the classic yet flavorful Mexican take that can be an unpretentious yet comforting side to almost anything. And we are not even getting started.

What many people don’t know is that Mexico also has its versions of Yellow rice.

Continue reading Old World and New World: Yellow Rice


July 2, 2009

Ay, ay, ay! Patita, espérate mamacita! My nanny repeated, as she snatched the hot plantain tightly wrapped in aluminum foil, from my hands. Her hands were more resistant, she insisted, as they were older and had cooked so much. She would hold my chosen package with an open hand, so the camotero (sweet potato street cart man, who also sold plantains) could tear up the foil. As the steam flew up to the skies, he poured a more-than-any-child-could-wish-for amount of La Lechera sweetened condensed milk… and so it fell, sweet ounce, by thick ounce, onto that moist, rich, filling and immensely satisfying treat. Sheer joy, that was.

I devoured it in what seemed a couple bites, just to lick the last but yummiest remains from the crumbled foil. There we were, standing on the street corner where my family lived, mischievously laughing: it was already getting dark, almost dinnertime, and no, no, no, I wasn’t supposed to be having any. Oh dear, how I miss that woman! Now every time I eat a plantain, I get a sparkle of that sheer joy.

Continue reading Three tasty ways to eat ripe plantains


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