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Mom’ Special Rice_Smith Family


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"Family Party Rice"

Serves Family Size | Prep Time 15min | Cook Time 30min

Why I Love This Recipe

For as long as I can remember, my mom has made this rice recipe for every single birthday party or holiday event my family has hosted (which have been quite a few). It’s gotten to the point that, at every event, people ask “where’s your mom’s rice?!”. It has become a family tradition to have this rice for special occasions only. It is the special rice because not many people can make it the way my mom does. Although many families of Hispanic origin have their way of making this type of rice with pigeon peas, my mom’s rice has it’s own special taste! I have a big family, and as number six of seven children, (six of whom are girls), I am the only daughter who can make the rice taste close enough to the taste of my mom’s! I feel so honored to be able to mimic that special taste, but I can still taste the difference! My mom’s rice is just unique! And although many may say “Well it’s just rice. Doesn’t all rice taste similar?” The answer is “NO!” Once you have tasted my mom’s rice, you will definitely be left craving more! My mom lives in Florida, so we don’t get to taste her special rice at every event anymore, but when we go to Florida or she comes up to visit us in NYC, we always have that one request! “Mommy can you pleaseeeeeee many us your rice!!!?” Of course she came never say no!

Submitted by: "Michelle Smith"


Ingredients You'll Need

tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup country ham or bacon, diced (optional)
1/3 cup sofrito homemade is best!
3 cups water or low sodium chicken broth
2 packet sazón con achiote y culantro
1 cube chicken bouillon or more if needed
2 tbsp tomato paste or 1/3 cup tomato sauce
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning or oregano Italian seasoning consists of dried herbs such as basil, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, and thyme
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped optional
2-3 bay leaves
2 tablespoons pimento stuffed olives optional
15 ounce can Pigeon Peas/Gandules drained and rinsed
2 cups parboiled rice


Directions

tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup country ham or bacon, diced (optional)
1/3 cup sofrito homemade is best!
3 cups water or low sodium chicken broth
1 packet sazón con achiote y culantro
1 cube chicken bouillon or more if needed
2 tbsp tomato paste or 1/3 cup tomato sauce
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning or oregano Italian seasoning consists of dried herbs such as basil, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, and thyme
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped optional
2-3 bay leaves
2 tablespoons pimento stuffed olives optional
15 ounce can Pigeon Peas/Gandules drained and rinsed
2 cups parboiled rice


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