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Arroz Verde – Recipe!

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Arroz Verde or Green Rice is a simple side dish that is great served alongside chicken, pork, fish or roasted vegetables.  It is made with long-grain rice and it is often cooked with a variety of different ingredients to make it green, depending upon the recipe.  Arroz Verde is often made with Poblano Chilies and sometimes a jalapeno pepper is added, but in my recipe, that’s not the case – it’s not spicy at all because it’s made with spinach and herbs.

Spinach and cilantro are pureed together with some milk and chicken broth for a vegetal base that is aromatic like your garden.  The rice is first sauteed with some onions and garlic to create a great environment to absorb the green colored liquid and after cooking, the steamy grains look more like grass shavings after mowing than fresh fallen snow.

If you’re a vegetarian, you can add vegetable stock instead of chicken and you won’t miss a beat.  Also, this rice makes pretty great leftovers for enjoying for lunch the next day – just reheat it in the microwave.

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1 cups spinach

1 cup cilantro leaves

1 cup whole milk

1 cup chicken broth

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup long grain rice

1/2 white onion, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

salt & pepper

(Serves 4)

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To Prepare:

  1. In a blender, add spinach and cilantro, puree until roughly chopped.  Add milk, broth, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, puree until smooth.
  2. In a saucepan, add olive oil and place over medium-high heat.  Add onion and garlic and saute for 2 minutes.  Add rice and stir to combine.  Cook rice for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add green liquid and stir to combine.  Turn heat to low and cover pan with lid.  Cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.  Serve hot and Enjoy!

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