Arroz con Gandules

Total Time:
1 hr 10 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
1 hr
Ingredients
  • 6 strips bacon
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 aji verdes (Italian frying peppers), diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ham, diced
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans pigeon peas
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • Salt, to taste
  • 6 cups Canilla rice
  • Banana leaves (optional)
Directions

In a saute pan, cook the bacon, drain the fat and cut into small pieces. In the same pan, add onion, aji verdes and garlic. Saute until golden brown. Add the ham. Add tomato paste and caramelize. Add pigeon peas and chicken stock. Season with salt to taste and bring to a boil. Add rice and stir once. Cook on medium heat until most of the liquid is absorbed. Cover with banana leaves and continue cooking on very low heat until the rest of the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes.


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    FIRST OF ALL!!!!! YOU CANNOT MAKE ARROZ CON CADULES WITH BLACK EYED PEAS....I AM A PUERTO RICAN WOMAN AND THIS RECIPE IS ALL WRONG!!!!! YOU NEED SOFRITO FOR YOUR BASE AND THE REAL WAY TO MAKE RICE, ANY RICE (WHITE, BROWN AND ESPECIALLY THIS) IS TO USE THE SAME AMOUNTOF WATER AS YOU DO RICE....3CUPS RICE, 3CUPS WATER....PERIOD....AND WE DO NOT USE BACON...WE USE SOMETHING CALLED JAMON DE COCINAR OR YOU CAN SUBSTITUTE THAT WITH SOMED PORK NECK BONES... TALK TO A PUERTO RICAN FOR THE RIGHT WAY TO MAKE THIS...SO DISSAPOINTED WITH THE FOOD NETWORK 
    I've been making this dish forever; Puerti Rican style. My recipe is slightly different without 
    a couple of items you mentioned, and with a few more of my own. I don't plan on preparing 
    this one since I know mine is better. What I would like to mention is that you don't want 
    to confuse people by listing both black-eyed peas and gandules in the same recipe. It's 
    called "arroz con gandules", not "arroz con black-eyed peas. They are not the same and 
    there is no conparison.
    I Agree about the amount of Water being used, WAY TOO Much! I think it's an error as you stated. I believe it should be 3 Cups of Rice with 6 Cups of Water, NOT 6 cups of Water. THANKS for clearing that up, I DON'T want to have gummy rice. Thx! ;
    I made this dish tonight, and I noticed that the recipe calls for six cups of chicken broth and 6 cups of rice. Knowing what I do know about rice, it sounded like perhaps the recipe should have said 3 cups of rice. Because I had drained the water from the two cans of gandules peas, and the recipe did not specify whether to drain the cans or not, I thought maybe this accounted for some of the extra liquid that the recipe would need. I cut the amount of rice to an amount that I thought would be correct taking the amount of liquid into account. There was still too much rice. I added more water and now I have a huge pot of gummy rice.
     

     
    I find it hard to believe that 7 of you "tried" this recipe and thought it was so good, yet none of you commented on the error with the amount of rice. I also am incredibly annoyed that, once again, Food Network did not proofread this recipe before posting it. Thanks a lot, Food Network.
    The rice was good but I think I'll stick to making it with sofrito too just to make things easier when I make it on a week night.
    I love this recipe! Although this recipe asks for garlic, onion, tomato paste, I tried it with Sofrito, just like another person suggested. And let me say...I love it! Its my favorite rice dish any time of year!
    This Arroz con Gandules was incredible.. taste good, smells good and remember me my Granma rice..Continue cooking Puertorican recipes we need more of this...
     

     
    Thanks,
     

     
    Grisel
     
    Orlando,Florida
    I tried this recipe and it was average. Still very tasty but It doesn't compare to when you cook this rice with sofrito. This recipe calls for the same ingredients that are in sofrito but with sofrito all the flavors get marinated making it taste excellent.
    For the past year, I have been trying to perfect cooking rice the way a good friend from Puerto Rico makes it. Though she has described her process to me many times, every time I tried it we ended up with mushy rice. I found this recipe and the first time I tried making it - it was perfectly delicious! I am thrilled to find this recipe and will always follow these steps. Thank you so much!
    Its good to see a Puerto rican traditional recipe I love arroz con gandules and the recipe is excellent
    I love this recipe because at least there is one show on here that give Puerto Rican recipes. I see al other shows with Mexican, Cuban, and South American recipes but no Puerto Rican ones. I prepared this recipe and it was great.......
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