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Baked rice

Preparation

Stock
Tie the chickpeas in a net, then place in a pan with all the ingredients. Cover with water, bring to a boil and simmer gently for 90 minutes. Strain and set aside. Also set aside the chickpeas.

 

Garnish
Cut the butifarra sausage into slices and set aside. Pack the pork ribs in vacuum packs and cook at 65ºC / 149ºF for 14 hours. Remove from the pack, bone and set aside. Cook the pigs’ trotters with the bay leaf, pepper and salt. Bone, and transfer to a rectangular mold.

 

Rice sofrito
Pour the Spanish olive oil into an earthenware dish and it in fry the garlic, potato, turnip and tomato. Remove the ingredients, then gently fry the rice. When well coated with olive oil, return the other ingredients to the pan as well as the cooked chickpeas. Then add twice the amount of stock as rice and bake in the oven at 185ºC / 365ºF for 23 minutes. After 15 minutes in the oven, add the pork ribs, trotters and lightly grilled butifarra sausage slices.

Spanish recipe: Baked rice. Photo by: Toya Legido/©ICEX.

Presentation

Serve the baked rice in the earthenware dish in which it was cooked. For individual servings or small portions, small cast iron pans can be used.

Chef's Remark:

"In old farmhouses in this part of Spain, the oven used to be lit just once a week and used non-stop to make bread, roasts, rice, and cakes, and even preserves, using the latent heat as the oven cooled down. There is no single recipe for baked rice. Recipes vary depending on where in the Valencia province they come from. In some places, a beaten egg is added towards the end of the cooking process to make what is known as arroz en costra, rice with a crust." Preparation by: José Luis Ungidos
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