1cupGreen Bell Pepper cut into medium to small dice
1cupCelery cut into ½ inches cubes
1poundSmoked Sausage sliced or Smoked Ham dice into medium dices
1 ½cupsPeeled Tomatoes drained and cut into small dicejuice reserved
2or 3 Bay Leaves
7cupssuper good quality Shrimp or Chicken Stockhomemade or “Imagine”, “Kitchen Basics” or the “Organic Chicken Broth” from Costco it’s delicious
4cupsEnriched Parboiled Long Grain Ricewe use Uncle Ben’s Converted Brand
Salt and Pepper to taste
Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan, when hot add the chicken and sauté for a few minutes until golden brown on all sides, remove from the pan and reserve.
In a large Dutch Oven (at least 7 Quarts) add the onion and cook until golden brown. Add the peppers, celery and the sausage and cook for a few minutes. Add the tomato purée and cook for a few for a couple minutes. Add the garlic, fresh thyme, tarragon and cayenne; when fragrant add the tomatoes, bay leaves. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Add the stock and the rice and the reserved chicken combining all ingredients thoroughly.
Cook for 45 to 60 minutes or until the rice has absorbed all the liquid.