Thursday, March 10, 2011

Arroz con Frijoles

Celebrating my Colombian side, I bring you my favorite comfort food- Arroz con Frijoles better known as rice and beans. I remember being around 4 yrs old and my mom placing me on the counter while she stirred her pot of rice and beans. Till this day this side dish is served up in my house at least twice a week. No matter how full I am, I can always make room for a second helping. Possibly explaining my chubbiness as a kid.

Sure enough I've put my own twist on this classic dish- I like working some turkey ham into my recipe which differs from the traditional pork commonly seen in most recipes. Other variations on the dish include serving up a bean sauce over a bed of white rice, equally as good but I'll save that recipe for another time.

Today, I'm bringing you my favorite version of this one pot wonder. Really, it's a complete meal in itself- you have your starch, protein and veggies all in one. You can leave out the meat all together for a vegetarian version it's totally up to you. Top it with shrimp, BBQ chicken or with Fried Fish- any way you serve it I hope this dish is enjoyed in good health and with a happy heart.
Viva Colombia!

Rice and Bean's Jenny Style
1 cup of white rice
1 can of small pink beans
1 small onion chopped
1 small tomato chopped
3 cloves of garlic mnced
1 cup of water
1/4 lb of turkey ham diced
1/3 cup of sliced spaninsh olives
3 tbsp of vegetable oil
2 tsp of paprika

Heat oil in pot
Saute onion on med heat (5 minutes)
Add in garlic, paprika and tomato (cook 5 minutes)
stir in chopped ham- cook 3-4 minutes
Add in rice - cook 3 minutes
Add in water- a (cook 10 minutes)
When water has 1/2 evaporated addd in beans with their liquids and olives
Cook 10 minutes or until rice is dry and cooked through

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jen! I just came across you blog and I love it. I am also from NY and come from Colombian parents. I love cooking and while I'm not a pro like you, I love making the stuff my mom always made when we were growing up! keep the yummy recipes coming! saludos desde California :)