Tuesday, January 4, 2011

How To Make Arroz Con Gandules (Rice With Pork & Pigeon Peas): A Favorite In Puerto Rico

Ingredients to make arroz con gandules
Arroz con gandules (Rice with Pork & Pigeon Peas) is a favorite dish in Puerto Rico.
Arroz con gandules is enjoyed all year through,  especially during the Christmas season.


2 Pork Chops (bone in) cut into bite
size pieces, including bone
Garlic Powder
2 tablespoons Olive Oil

Pam Spray (Olive Oil)
1-16 oz can Goya green pigeon peas*
3-4 Tablespoons of prepared Goya
"Sofrito" *
1 envelope Goya Sazon with cilantro and
achiote *
1-8 oz can tomato sauce
2 Knorr ham broth cubes
1-1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic
Several dashes of cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon cilantro leaves
3-1/3 cups water, including liquid from gandules
1-1/2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 cups short grain rice

Wash pork pieces and season with salt and garlic
powder, to taste.
Saute in 2 tablespoons olive oil in a frying pan
until golden brown and almost done.

Spray the bottom and sides of a 4-quart
microwaveable pot, with Pam spray.

Add all the ingredients to the pot, except for pork
gandules, olive oil, liquid, salt, garlic powder,
and rice.  Stir the ingredients.
Microwave covered, for 4 minutes on High.

Drain the liquid from gandules, measure
and add enough water to make 3-1/3
cups.  Add the gandules, pork, and 1/2 of the
liquid to the pot. Microwave covered on High Power
for 15 minutes.

Stir the ingredients.  Add rice, remaining liquid
and olive oil to pot.  Stir well.  At this time, you
should taste.  If needed, add additional salt and/or
garlic powder.
Microwave covered for 15 minutes on high Power. 

Stir well, bringing rice on the bottom to the top.
Cover, and microwave for 16 -18 minutes at Medium power.

Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.  Taste rice to
make sure it is cooked and that all the water has
been absorbed.

If after the resting time, you find that the water is
not completely absorbed, cover rice with paper
towel.  Microwave covered for 4 to 5 minutes more
at Medium power.

If, on the other hand, you find that rice needs more
cooking, place 4 to 5 ice cubes on top of rice.
Microwave covered for an additional 4 to 5 minutes
at Medium Power.

Place on serving dish.  Serve with roast pork,
roast turkey, or baked ham.

Buen provecho (bon appetit).

* Available at most Hispanic supermarkets.

1 comment: