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)
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!!