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Food for the Soul April 10, 2009

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Arroz co Pollo

Arroz con Pollo w/sausage

For the past 5 months or so I have been cooking a bi-monthly meal for a local charity that houses children who have been removed from their homes by Florida’s Child Welfare Agency due to neglect, abuse or both. Place of Hope is a christian charity located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL that really delivers.  Thirty six kids of various ages (all under 18) live in a safe, nourishing, loving, family style arrangement.  The children live six to a house, with a married couple as ‘den parents’.  The homes are in a private, gated community that offers safety and stability.  One night a week each parent couple gets a night off facilitating the need for relief cooking.  My twice  a month dinners help in a small way. The first few months I  fixed mostly pasta dinners; lasagna and other pasta bakes that are easy to freeze and reheat.  Lately I’ve been  expanding the menu to include other dishes such as the recipe below.  It’s been great for me to experiment and so far…no one has complained!

Arroz con Pollo and sausage  – serves 8

8 chicken thighs or legs
1 lb smoked sausage cut in ½ inch rounds
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic chopped
2 boxes Zatarain’s red beans & rice
6 cups chicken broth
1 yellow or orange bell pepper chopped
1 16 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 can red beans
1 medium onion chopped
1/8 cup chopped cilantro
cilantro sprigs for garnish
Spice Rub:

1 teaspoon tumeric
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon smoked salt*
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon garam marsala*
1 teaspoon tumeric
1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Spice Rub prep:

In a large bowl mix together all ingredients. Add chicken and rub spices into all sides of chicken. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for least 3 hours.
Instructions:

Over medium heat in heavy Dutch Oven heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Saute chicken, turning frequently, until golden brown on all sides, about 8 minutes. Remove chicken and set aside. Add remaining tablespoon of oil to casserole dish. Mix in onion, peppers and garlic; saute for 5 minutes, or until translucent. Stir in rice and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes with juice, and red beans with juice. Make sure to scrape bottom of pot. Bring to simmer; add sausage and chicken back to casserole. Cover and reduce heat to low; cook for 20 minutes. Stir well, re-cover and cook for another 20 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the rice. Add cilantro; transfer to serving dish and garnish with cilantro sprigs. Serve immediately.

Enjoy!

* these spices can be found at Whole Foods or any high-end grocery

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