Puerto Rican Holiday Rice – arroz con gandules

The must have rice on our traditional Christmas Dinners!

1 cup white rice
1 can gandules (green pigeon peas) drained
3 tablespoon olive oil
1 yellow onion cut into small pieces
4 minced garlic heads
1/2 red or yellow pepper cut into pieces
1/2 green pepper cut into pieces
1 cup smoked ham cut into pieces
5 green olives cut into pieces
1 teaspoon capers
1/2 cup tomato sauce
3 fresh recao leaves
1 1/2 cup chicken broth
salt and pepper

In a tall pan heat oil over medium, add onion, garlic, green and red peppers and cook until garlic start to turn brown, stirring occasionally, about 7 minutes. Add salt, capers, olives, and ham, cook for 3 minutes and add tomato sauce, recao, black pepper and rice. Cook stirring occasionally for 4 minutes and add chicken broth. Boil, stir, cover and lower temperature to medium low. Cook for 10 minutes and stir. Continue cooking for 4 minutes, stir and cook until done. Coqui! Serves 6

*This is a very traditional rice in Puerto Rico. Yummy!

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