Poor Man's Paella

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons annatto seeds (achiote)
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 red bell pepper
  • 1 small tomato, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 pound ham steak, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 3 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  • 2 cups long-grain rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup frozen peas

How to make this recipe

  1. In a skillet, warm the oil with the annatto seeds over moderate heat until bright orange, 3 minutes; strain into a large saucepan.

  2. In a food processor, puree the onion, garlic, bell pepper, tomato and cilantro. Reheat the annatto oil. Add the onion mixture and ham and cook over moderately high heat until fragrant. Stir in the stock, rice and cumin; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; stir in the peas. Reduce the heat to moderately low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 3 minutes, then transfer to bowls and serve.

Suggested Pairing

A smoky, firm red such as a Rioja Crianza.

Contributed By Photo © Tina Rupp Published November 2005

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