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thaksgiving rice --- rice and turkey (arroz con pa

Recipe by
John Dipalo

Here is an easy, fast to prepare*, and cheaper Thaksgiving turkey dinner substitute or acompany dish.

yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 20 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For thaksgiving rice --- rice and turkey (arroz con pa

  • 1 can
    1 complete turkey leg cut up into at least 8 pieces; or the turkey pieces of your choice
  • 2 c
    long grain white rice
  • 1
    red bell pepper, mostly chopped, leave a few strips
  • 1
    onion, mostly chopped, but leave a few strips
  • 3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c
    canned sweet peas, with the liquid
  • 1/2 c
    canned tomatoes, mashed
  • 4 Tbsp
    cooking oil
  • 1 sprig
    fresh cilantro or celery, chopped
  • 2
    strings of saffron or coloring agent
  • 1/2 tsp
    ½ teaspoon of your favorite herb or herbs and/or hot peppers (optional)
  • salt and white pepper (about ½ teaspoon of each)
  • 4 c
    turkey broth (recovered from boiling the turkey leg)

How To Make thaksgiving rice --- rice and turkey (arroz con pa

  • 1
    Briefly fry and seal the turkey pieces. Inmediately transfer to a covered pan filled with boiling water. Make sure you have at least 6 cups of water in it. Remember to save this broth for the rice after the turkey pieces have fully cooked and softened.
  • 2
    The stir-fry: Next, prepare the stir-fry ingredientes in the same pan that your going to use for preparing the dish. This could be a special paella low sided, very wide pan, your turkey pan or just a plain large skillet, preferably non-sticking.
  • 3
    Place the chopped bell pepper, onion, minced garlic, mashed tomatoes, cilantro or celery in the frying pan and stir-fry until it all starts to limp and brown. Don't overcook. Be careful because the garlic will tend to burn if left too long (should be last ingredient in).
  • 4
    The rice and turkey: Once the stir-fry starts to brown, add the turkey pieces. Move them around for about a minute and then add the rice. Mix eveything (raw rice, turkey, and stir-fry). Powder with the herbs, add the turkey broth, the sweet peas, the saffron or coloring agent and the salt.
  • 5
    Spread everything evenly in the frying pan and boil, then simmer and cook (without touching) for about 18 to 20 minutes, letting the rice dry.
  • 6
    Once the rice has dried, remove the skillet, and let it rest a couple of minutes; then, cover it with newspaper for a few minutes if you want to keep the flavors (a tip).
  • 7
    *(Relatively: compared to preparing a complete turkey dinner) VARIATION: Use 2 1in-diced chicken breasts as a turkey substitute and you have the famouse ARROZ CON POLLO---Rice and Chicken! In any case --- have a nice Thanksgiving with your family and friends!

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