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Dan Pelosi makes Mom's Portuguese Rice

Episode Summary

Dan Pelosi (@grossypelosi) makes his mother's recipe for one-pot Portuguese rice with coins of crispy linguiça sausage.

Episode Notes

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If you're cooking along, here's the recipe we're making today. Go ahead and grab the ingredients below before starting the episode (Dan starts listing them at 0:39). 

Mom's Portuguese Rice
Serves 4 to 6

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. 

2. Add 1/4 cup olive oil to a medium-sized oven safe pot or dutch oven. Over low heat, let olive oil heat up for about 5 minutes. Add linguiça coins to the pot and spread them out evenly.  Cook linguiça until coins are brown and crispy on both sides, flipping the coins over half way through, about 5-7 minutes. Remove cooked linguiça from the pot and set aside on a plate.

3. Your pot will have a gorgeous orange oil left in from the fried linguiça. Add the chopped pepper, chopped onion, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1 teaspoon ground black pepper to the pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring until browned, about 5-7 minutes. 

4. Add 1 heaping tablespoon smoked paprika and stir until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. 

5. Add the entire can of tomato paste and stir until everything is combined and the paste starts to caramelize, about 2-3 minutes. 

6. Add 2 1/2 cups chicken stock and deglaze pan, stirring until all the crispy bits come off the pot into the mix. 

7. Add 1 cup rice, 2 bay leaves and the linguiça (scrape any oil off the plate into the pan!) and stir until everything comes to a boil.

8. Place the cover on to your pot and place your pot into a 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes until rice is cooked through. If you check your rice needs more liquid as it cooks, add the extra ½ cup of chicken stock to pot, stir, and place back in to oven. 

9. When rice is fully cooked, remove pot from oven and keep it covered, off-heat, for 5-10 minutes. This will make the rice extra creamy.

10. Served topped with chopped parsley and enjoy! 

Bonus: If you wanted to add crispy chicken thighs to this dish, it really makes a great addition. Just start off with your chicken thighs skin down in your pot and cook them over medium until the skin releases from the pot, maybe 8-10 minutes. Flip over and cook about 5 minutes on the other side. Set thighs aside, and start your recipe at step 1, using the grease from the chicken instead of the ¼ cup of olive oil. Place the chicken thighs skin side up on top of rice before you place pot in oven and they will cook along with the rice! 

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