Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Warm Up Tonight With Arroz Con Pollo

Martha Stewart's newest cookbook is out and is fantastic. "One Pot:120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and More" has some great, easy to make recipes that leave you with very little cleanup. Perfect for making dinner after work. I've only made a few recipes so far (like the one pot pasta), but so far, so good.

The recipe for Arroz Con Pollo is a perfect choice for nights when the temperature is dropping and you're ready to relax after a long day. There is about a half hour of active cooking (a lot of stirring to me means relaxing), and then another 25-30 minutes in the oven. However, I think the results seem like you spent much longer in the kitchen than you actually did.

Mise en place! Pret a cuire! Or something close to that (I'm working on my French). I love how mindless cooking can be when you have everything prepped ahead of time. Also, I love when a recipe requires opening a bottle of wine.
"I'm just mad about saffron..." especially when it's drunk! White wine and saffron make the warmest golden colored rice.

Brown the chicken, remove it to a plate, then get the onions and garlic going.

Add the tomato, wine, and saffron.

After the wine is mostly evaporated stir in the rice and Bay leaves.

Add the stock and olives. Nestle the chicken in at the top of the Dutch oven, bring to a simmer, and place it in the oven.

 About 30 minutes later you have a gorgeous dinner you can take right to the table.

So good. The rice warms you up immediately (even when you sneak some before the 10 minute rest period is up), the chicken in juicy and falling apart, and the leftovers are even better. Arroz con pollo is a great alternative to the everyday comfort food.