Thursday, June 19, 2008

Rice with Chorizo & Shrimp and My Favorite Hot Sauce

I've been coming across lots of interesting recipes on the internet lately. Once again thanks to Tastespotting, I spotted this dish - Arroz con chorizo y camarones (don't you think the spanish name sounds so much nicer). Once upon a time, I spoke a little Spanish. I learnt it living in NY cos I wanted to know what everybody was saying in the subway but mostly because I was planning to travel around South America. Sadly the moment I started French, my Spanish went down the drain.

I've already added Laylita's site to my Bloglines - she has so many mouth watering Latin dishes that I'm dying to try out. Check out her empanadas.

I think this is a great dish if you crave for a paella but too lazy to go through the hassle of preparing one, this is a nice substitute. It is by no means a paella but it is another quick & easy, one dish meal that I really enjoyed.

Rice with Chorizo & Shrimp
Arroz con chorizo y camarones
source Laylita's recipes
I tweaked slightly the original recipe

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 white onion, diced
2 red peppers, diced
2 tomatoes, peeled and diced
6 garlic cloves, crushed
2 cups rice, uncooked
3 cups seafood or chicken stock
chorizo, sliced
shrimp, peeled and deveined, rub with salt
2 Tbsp finely chopped parsley
Salt to taste

1. Heat olive oil in a pan. Fry onions & red peppers till soft

2. Stir in the crushed garlic, mix well.

3. Add the diced tomatoes, mix well and cook for another 5 minutes.

4. Add the rice and stir for about 2 minutes.

5. Add the chorizo slices and the seafood stock, stir well and bring to a boil.

6. Reduce to simmer, cover and cook for about 15-20 minutes. If you like a crust on your rice, do not stir it.

7. Add the shrimps over the rice & again, do not touch the rice, cover and let cook until the shrimps are done.

8. Stir the shrimps into the rice and sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Serve with a slice of lemon and/or hot sauce........
which brings me to my ALL TIME FAVORITE hot sauce - Marie Sharp Habanero Pepper Sauce.

They sell this in different levels of spiciness but what makes this different is that this is tasty. You can taste the carrots & vegetables that go into making the sauce. Tobasco & other chilli sauce taste so bland compared to this.

I discovered this when I was in Belize. This little unassuming bottle of hot sauce was on every dining table across the country. Once you've tasted this, you'll be converted too. I remember buying bottles of these back to NY & when those ran out, I bought them online. But that website doesn't ship outside of the US so since moving here, I haven't been able to get any.

So imagine my surprise when Elaine & Todd brought 2 bottles with them to Paris. I almost wept with joy. They were in Belize & like me, fell in love with this sauce. They were able to buy them in a specialty store in San Francisco & knowing how I love this, lugged them over for me. BEST. PRESENT. EVER.

If you were ever to come across this sauce, try it & let me know if you did not fall in love with it as well.


Kevin said...

That rice dish sounds so tasty! I like the sound of that hot sauce. I will have to keep an eye out for it.

petite fleur said...

Hi Kevin

Thanks for dropping by. Love your site too. I seem to be bookmarking lots of your recipes.