Recipe by EdsGirlAngie
This is delicious when you want a nutty, garlicky rice side dish. It complements chicken, pork, and fish very nicely and is traditionally served with a sprinkling of hot sauce. If you can find authentic molho apimentado (hot sauce madde with bird chiles), all the better!
- 1⁄2 cup olive oil
- 6 cloves garlic, sliced very thinly
- 3 tablespoons shelled pumpkin seeds (pepitas, find them in the latino section of many stores)
- 2 cups long grain rice
- 1⁄2 onion, minced (about 3/4 cup)
- 4 cups water
- hot sauce
Directions See How It's Made
- In a small saucepan saute the sliced garlic in the olive oil on low heat until garlic is crispy and light golden brown.
- Drain garlic on paper towels and reserve 1-1/2 tablespoons of the garlicky olive oil.
- In a small skillet, toast pumpkin seeds lightly (they'll begin popping all over the place), then finely mince them.
- Set aside.
- Transfer the 1-1/2 tablespoons of reserved olive oil to a large saucepan and saute the onion and rice together for about 3 minutes.
- Add water and salt, bring to a boil then lower heat, cover and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes or until done and liquid is absorbed.
- Serve with minced toasted pumpkin seeds and garlic chips sprinkled on top; provide hot sauce for sprinkling also.