Serve up an amazing Authentic Spanish Rice Recipe tonight. Taste the toasted saffron, garlic and more in our delicious Authentic Spanish Rice Recipe.
What You Need
Original recipe yields 12 servings
1-1/2 qt. (6 cups) water, divided
pinch of saffron threads, toasted
1/4 cup KRAFT Italian Vinaigrette Dressing made with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups long-grain white rice, uncooked
2 tomatoes, chopped
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
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Let's Make It
Bring 1/4 cup water just to simmer in small saucepan. Remove from heat. Add saffron; stir. Let stand until ready to use.
Heat dressing in large saucepan on medium heat. Add green peppers, onions and garlic; cook 3 min. or until crisp-tender, stirring frequently. Add rice; cook and stir 1 min.
Add tomatoes, black pepper, saffron and remaining water; stir. Bring to boil; cover. Simmer on medium-low heat 20 to 25 min. or until rice is tender and all the water is absorbed. Fluff with fork before serving.
Add 1/2 lb. uncooked deveined peeled medium shrimp to rice mixture in saucepan along with the tomatoes, black pepper, saffron and remaining water.
Substitute 1 pkt. sazon adobo seasoning with saffron for the soaked saffron.
How to Toast the Saffron
Toasting the saffron threads intensifies the flavor and color which allows you to use less saffron to prepare your dishes. To toast the saffron threads, cook it in a small skillet on medium heat 15 to 30 sec. or until aromatic, stirring constantly. Immediately remove skillet from heat. Cool. Or, heat oven to 375°F. Place saffron on center of small piece of foil; fold foil to make packet. Bake 1 min., being careful to remove packet from oven before threads are burnt. Crumble saffron between your fingers. Or, use a mortar and pestle to grind the saffron into a powder. Or, you can instead soak the threads in 1/4 cup hot (not boiling) water for 10 to 15 min. Add both the liquid and threads into the recipe. Store any remaining toasted saffron in a cool, dry, dark place until ready to use as desired.
One pinch of saffron threads is equal to about 20 threads. Avoid buying powdered saffron which is often mixed with other spices to help keep the cost down.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 40g
Dietary Fibers 1g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.