Arroz Guisado (Puertorican Stewed Rice)

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This family eats a LOT of rice. White rice to be exact. Almost every day, every week. (I know, the cards… ugh) Oh well, when we get bored of the white rice I make some yellow rice called "arroz guisado" (stewed rice).




For this rice, instead of plain water and salt, you make a delicious savory broth that will give the rice an amazing flavor. And here is what you need to make this recipe.

First of all, I use my Aroma 20 Cup Rice Cooker, but you can use any rice cooker or a "caldero".

Ingredients:

Broth:
1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup sofrito
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped sweet pepper
1/4 cup large spanish green olives sliced
1/4 cup polska sausage cut in 1/4 inch pieces
1 envelope sasón Accent (original)
2.5 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 chicken bullion
6 cups of water
salt (to taste)

*optional: 1 can of vienna sausages, sliced.

Rice:
3 cups white jasmine rice (or any rice of your choice)
1/2 tbsp vegetable oil



Directions:

1. In a saucepan add oil and sofrito. Turn heat to medium. When the sofrito starts sizzling add onion, peppers, sausage, olives and sasón. Let cook for 5-8 minutes stirring frequently so the sofrito doesn't burn. When sofrito turns darker (not burnt, DARKER) add the tomato paste and stir.
2. Add 1 cup of water, stir everything until well mixed. Simmer and add the rest of the water. Turn heat to high, bring to a boil, add the chicken bullion and turn heat back to medium. Stir to help dissolve the bullion.
3. Taste and add salt to taste. It should taste a little salty, but not too much. When you get the desired taste, turn heat off and let the broth cool down (about 30 minutes).
4. Add the rice to the rice cooker, pour the broth. It should fill the bowl up to the 4 cups line. If it falls short add more water and taste. Also add my salt if necessary. If you have more than necessary you can store it in the fridge and use it any other day. Add the remaining oil. (*add the vienna sausages). Stir, cover and turn on the rice cooker (white rice setting for the Aroma 20 Cup Rice Cooker)
5. When rice cooker beeps (when it is done) stir rice and cover. Let rest for 5-10 minutes. Stir again and serve. Always make sure that the rice is cooked through. IT should be soft and delicious :)



I love this rice with rotisserie chicken or pork chops :) OR ALONE :D


Let me know how it turned out for you!


Happy Cooking!

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