Thursday, February 18, 2010

¡Arroz con Habichuelas de Puerto Rico!

I am finally participating in "Foodie Friday" over at Designs by Gollum! It has been a while, and I must admit the reason is I cannot get good photos of my food! Today I cooked traditional "Rice and Beans" for my husband, who is from the lovely island.


I must admit, this is a recipe that I had to work on for a while. When my husband told me how to make it he would always say to put in what I wanted. Well, here in North Carolina that would not be the same thing his mom would put in. Eventually, he gave me enough of the correct ingredients that my version is  "as good" as his mom's...or so he says:-)

Here is what I use...

1 onion chopped
2 cloves garlic finely chopped
1/4 cup red and green pepper chopped
Tbs bacon grease (gotta have it)
Tbs butter

I get two pots ready...

Melt the bacon grease with the butter and saute the onions, garlic and peppers.

I then divide this between the two pots.

To the first pot, add a can of kidney beans, a can of tomato sauce, 1 packet of Sazon, 1 Tbs Goya Sofrito. Let this simmer while the rice is cooking, stirring often.


To the other pot, add 2 cups of chicken broth, one cup of uncooked rice, one packet of Goya Sazon, 1 Tbs Sofrito.

Bring to a boil, then cover and cook on low for 30 min. Do not uncover until done.

And that's it! The rice and beans will be ready at the same time, and they are both so yummy. Serve with French Bread.  I usually add chunks of cooked ham as he loves this and it gives it even more flavor.

All the seasonings I use can be found in the Hispanic section of pretty much any grocery store and are made by Goya.





This is really great comfort food and all my kids love it. It really is a fun way to spice up beans and rice! If you want to try something different, this is easy and very satisfying. Enjoy!!

Anita

10 comments:

  1. Yum, I would love that!~ and yes to answer your question, YES it is better than RMS...I hardly go over there anymore....

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  2. This sounds yummy- thanks for the recipe- I will check out those spices.

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  3. Anita, muy sabroso I love also Arros con Gandules I have frend from Puerto Rico and remember
    Cuba and Puerto Rico de un pajaro las dos alas
    bery god bless for you and your family
    XOX

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  4. Your tablescape is so prettyAnita and I am craving some of your rice and beans, I need comfort food today.

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  5. Yes, Isora, I do add gandules to the rice very often. Those can also be found in the Hispanic section. And I forgot to add that this rice cannot be sticky like Asian rice. That took a while for me to master.

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  6. Anita, thanks for visiting us and I am so glad I came here today! Since we moved to NC I'm having trouble finding some ingredients that were readily available in NY. I'm thrilled to see this with things I know I can find!
    xoxo Pattie

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  7. Anita, how awsome. I am from Puerto Rico. From "Guaynabo City"

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  8. oh my gosh this looks so tasty iam hungry now:)

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  9. Interesting! My sister in law teached at The Conservatorio de musica. Her name is Ginny Andino. Maybe your husband knows her.

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  10. HELLO, MY PARENTS ALSO COME FROM PURTO RICO, I GROW UP MAKING AND EATING SPANISH FOOD AND YOUR RIGHT ITS TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM MEXICAN FOOD!!!!
    I NOW MAKE ALOT OF THE FOOD FOR MY OWN FAMILY THAT LOVE IT, AND I HAVE TO SAY YOURS LOOKS DELICIOUS!!!! YUMMMMM :p

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