By ALEJANDRA PAULINO, age 12

Try making this delicious, traditional dish from the Dominican Republic.

PHOTO: elfogoncito.net
PHOTO: elfogoncito.net

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of rice
  • 1 pound of diced Dominican salami (or Kielbasa if you can’t find the salami in a store near you)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup of chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup of chopped green peppers
  • 1 pinch of oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped cilantro
  • 1 pinch of pepper
  • Salt according to your taste

Directions

  1. Heat oil over high heat in a pan and add salami.
  2. Add green peppers, oregano, garlic, celery and cilantro. Cook and stir for 1 minute.
  3. Add tomato sauce and stir to combine well.
  4. Add 6 cups of water, lower heat to medium and let it boil.
  5. Season with salt and taste.
  6. Add rice and stir often to avoid rice from sticking to pot.
  7. Once the water has evaporated, cover pot with a tight-fitting lid and simmer over very low heat for 35 minutes.
  8. After 35 minutes, uncover and stir.
  9. Taste the rice, and if it tastes like it’s done, then it’s ready to serve. Buen provecho!