Orphan's Rice (arroz Huerfano) Recipe

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Orphan's Rice (Arroz Huerfano)

J White Harris

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@JWhiteH

In Mexico, (orphan's rice) arroz huerfano is often served at lunch or for a late, light supper, accompanied by a bowl of soup and perhaps some tacos.


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Serves:

8

Prep:

15 Min

Cook:

50 Min

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

2-2/3 c
chicken stock
pinch saffron threads (about 1/8 tsp.)
3 Tbsp
olive oil
1-1/2 c
long-grain rice
1 Tbsp
finely minced onion
1 clove
garlic, minced
3/4 tsp
salt
1-1/2 oz
bacon (about 1 thick slice or 2 thin slices)
1-1/2 oz
finely chopped ham (about 1/4 cup)
1 Tbsp
unsalted butter
3/4 c
pecan halves
1/2 c
blanched slivered almonds
1/3 c
pine nuts
1 Tbsp
finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Heat the stock in a small saucepan until very hot but not boiling, and add the saffron. Turn off the heat and let the mixture sit for at least 10 min.
2
Heat a medium-large, heavy-based pot or Dutch oven (with a good lid) over medium heat until hot, pour in the oil, and then add the rice and sauté, stirring frequently, until a few grains just begin to brown, about 3 to 4 min.
3
Add the onion and garlic and cook 1 min., stirring constantly.
4
Turn the heat to high, add the saffron broth and salt, bring to a boil, cover, turn the heat down to very low, and cook for 15 min.
5
Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, fry the bacon until crisp, drain on paper towels, chop finely, and mix with the ham.
6
Pour out the grease from the pan and add the butter. Melt the butter over medium heat, add the pecans, almonds, and pine nuts, and sauté them, stirring frequently until the almonds begin to turn golden brown, 5 to 7 min. Don’t overcook the nuts or they’ll be bitter.
7
When the rice has cooked 15 min., stir in the bacon and ham, sautéed nuts, and parsley, cover the pot, and take it off the heat. Let the rice steam in the covered pot for 10 min. Serve hot.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Nuts, Other Snacks
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtags: #Garlic, #nuts, #ham