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Made with annato, called "poor man's saffron" because of its similar color, this rice dish is zesty and filling.

Body+Soul, October 2005

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Credit: Maria Robledo

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Servings:
4
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  • In a medium saute pan, heat the oil and annatto seeds over medium heat until sizzling. Lower the temperature and cook until the oil turns yellow, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat. Using a slotted spoon, remove annatto seeds and discard.

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  • Reheat the annatto oil over medium-high heat. Saute chile and garlic, stir, and cook for 30 seconds. Add sausage, tomato, and bay leaves; cook and stir until heated through.

  • Stir in cooked rice. Remove and discard bay leaves. Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.

Cook's Notes

Annatto, or achiote, can be found in Latin groceries.

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