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Caroline's Gandule Rice

Patele's and gandule rice are very popular for being sold on the side of the road...Unfortunately, it is hard to get in local restaurants, there are a few places but why not make it at home. After the first attempt of making it, I came up with this trial and error recipe. Everyone loved it. My family enjoys gandule rice leftovers in an omelet so try that with the day old extra's. I hope you like it...

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  • 1 whole sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 bunches cilantro, chopped
  • 12 cloves garlic, few crushed & diced
  • 1 tablespoon Hawaiian salt (Nori’s), kosher or sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon
  • 2 – 8 oz. cans of tomato sauce
  • 1- 15 oz. can pigeon peas, drained
  • 2- 12 oz. cans pitted black olives, drained
  • 8 c. uncooked rice, rinsed (do not rinse until ready to use)
  • 9 c. water
  • 1-2 tsp. cumin
  • Couple shakes of garlic salt
  • 1 party size square tin pan

Cooking Process:

For the achiote oil: 2- 1 oz. packets achiote seeds 1c. olive oil or vegetable oil • Heat the achiote seed and olive oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes until the oil has taken a reddish color of the seeds. • Strain into a pyrex. • Cool and store.

1. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in sauce pan over medium high heat, add pork, brown & drain. (I separate them into 4 batches to ensure good sear on pork in a wok; adds crisp) 2. While browning the pork, prepare the achiote oil. 3. In a large pot sauté garlic, cilantro, onion, browned pork until translucent. 4. Salt & pepper to taste. 5. Stir in tomato sauce, achiote oil, peas & olives. 6. Simmer for 10 minutes 7. Add in cube of bouillon, 9c.water; bringing to a boil. 8. Simmer while you rinse and drain the 8 c. rice 9. Add uncooked rice to pork mixture, stir well, cover and bring to a boil. 10. Immediately drop to low heat, stirring and keeping the mixture covered; 10 minutes. 11. Remove cover, stir, replace cover & cook another 10 minutes. (I keep doing this until the rice soaks up all the juices, no need to worry if rice is uncooked at this point) 12. Transfer to large party size foil square pan, cover with foil. 13. Bake in a 350 oven for 1 hour, stir well every 15 minutes. (I add cumin and sprinkle garlic salt about half way through, to your liking)

how to serve:

HOPE YOU LIKE IT!!! Eat with Pateles :) A WINNA! Next day Patele omelet with sharp cheddar cheese.