August is almost gone. Do you know what that means? We are closer to Christmas! What did you think I was going to say!? Judge if you want too but I CANT wait till Christmas. Although I am anxious for December to roll around, I have to except the reality that, um, it’s still August and it’s as hot as can be outside. Lately, I’ve been pretty much all over the place. With the wedding planning and Cookitgirl growing, its been.. well, you know…CRAZY! BUT I am so grateful for all of the new readers and for my very special day! People warned me that wedding planning would be stressful. They lied. It’s SUPER stressful HA. Although the stress is there just hanging out with us, I am still so very excited for that special day to come!
So I’m hanging out with my mom at the moment. Watching baggage claim, which is hilarious might I add, and I wanted to take this time to share a special recipe with you all. In Spanish it’s called “Asopao”. Translation? Stewed Rice. This recipe has delicious pieces of my FAVORITE “Salchichon” ( Salami).
Ok, ok, ok I know what you’re thinking, maybe I like rice a little too much. It might be true. Just might * cough, cough*. On that note, my obsession with rice meets this amazing, savory dish that is bursting with flavor! You add more water than usual and let the rice cook a little longer. I love it and I hope you love it too!
Asopao De Salchichon Recipe ( Stewed Rice with Salami Recipe)
-4 Cups of salchichon
-1/4 Cup of cooking oil
-3 spoons of sofrito
-1 Cup of rice
-2 Culantro y Achote packets
-2 Tablespoons of salt
-9 cups of water
-3 Leafs of Culantro
-1/2 Cup of chopped Cilantro
Set stove to medium/high heat. In a pot, add 1/4 cup of cooking oil. When the oil is hot, add 4 cups of chopped salchichon ( feel free to substitute salchichon for chicken or meat). Cook salchichon till golden. Now add 3 spoons of sofrito .
Now add 3 leafs of culantro, 1/2 cup of cilantro. Set stove temperature to high and add 3 cups of water.
Let the water come to a boil.
Once the water is boiling, get one cup of rice and rinse. Add the cup of rice to the pot. You may think its only a little bit of rice but the rice will grow 3 times its size so no worries.
Remember that with rice you always have to stir as you go. Now, add 2 packets of culantro y achote and 2 tablespoons of salt. Stir the ingredients and rice together.
Add 6 cups of water and bring the temperature down to low/medium heat.
The pot should look like this. Try to pay attention to the pot and stir every 5 minutes. The rice will start opening. If you see that the rice starts to dry add more water.
After about 25 to 30 minutes of stirring the rice should look like this. As you can see, the rice will look as if its split in two that means its open and ready to eat!