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Mama Lilly Rice (Puerto Rican Rice) Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Lily Gonzalez aka Mama Lily

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
2 cups medium or long grain white rice, rinsed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 - 1 cup sofrito (or more!)
4 ounces tomato sauce
1 can (15 ounces) gandules (pigeon peas), partially drained
1 packet Sazón with Achiote (I use Goya brand)
1/2 cup of small cubed summer sausage
1/4 cup of fresh cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon adobo
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste (start off with 2 teaspoons of salt)
3 cups hot water or chicken broth
2-3 bay leaves

Directions:
Directions:
Heat your caldero or Dutch oven to medium heat, and add your olive oil, summer sausage and sofrito. Stir constantly until fragrant and tender, but not browned, about 4 minutes.

Next add in the Sazon, tomato sauce or paste and chicken bouillon. Stir to combine.

Add the oregano, cilantro, bay leaves, olives (if using and water/broth. Allow the liquid to come up to a boil, and taste it for salt. If it needs more saltiness, add in another chicken bouillon cube. You want this liquid to be highly seasoned, as it will determine the final seasoning of the rice.

Add in the drained pigeon peas, then bring the mixture back up to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling, add the rice. Stir the rice to get it submerged and distribute the pigeon peas throughout.

Allow the rice to absorb all the visible liquid, uncovered. Once most of the visible surface liquid is absorbed, stir and cover the rice, lower the flame to low, and allow it to steam for 20-25 minutes. It's done with all the liquid is absorbed and the grains are fluffy and fully cooked.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
8
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
10 min prep, 25 minute cook
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This recipe freezes very well, so make a big batch and portion it into storage bags for a quick weeknight side dish. To reheat, transfer into a microwave safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave for a few minutes, stirring occasionally until the rice is hot & fluffy

Mama Lily is loved by Elena and our family. She helped raise Elena for her first 4 years. This rice helped us get through toddler not eating phases. We still make it regularly today.

 

 

 

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