Creamy Paprika and Garlic Rice | Possibly the GREATEST Rice Dish EVER
This Creamy Paprika and Garlic Rice, known as Arroz Meloso con Ajo y Pimentón, is possibly one of the GREATEST rice dishes ever. It´s packed with flavors, seriously easy to make and all done in just 30 minutes. Serve it as a main course or even as a side dish, next to a couple of fried eggs.
To make this dish I used Spanish round rice. Which is the one that´s typically used to make paella. You can substitute it for any other type of short-grain rice or even arborio rice, which is the one that is used to make risotto. Either way, make sure to use short-grain rice, otherwise you won´t get that creamy texture at the end.
TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: Once you add the broth into the pan, make sure to mix the rice every 1 to 2 minutes. This will help release the starch in the rice, which is one of the elements to achieve that creamy texture. I also added grated Manchego cheese at the end, but you can use any cheese you like.
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Creamy Paprika and Garlic Rice
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
- 1 small onion
- 6 cloves garlic
- 2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 5 grams
- 2 tomatoes
- 4 cups vegetable broth 950 ml
- 1 cup Spanish round rice 200 grams
- 1/2 cup grated Manchego cheese 60 grams
- handful fresh parsley
- pinch sea salt
- dash black pepper
Add the broth into a sauce pan and heat with a medium-high heat
Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the olive oil
Meanwhile, finely chop the onion and thinly slice the garlic
Add the onion and garlic into the fry pan with the hot olive oil, mix together, after 3 to 4 minutes and the onion is translucent, add in the paprika, quickly mix together, then add in the 2 tomatoes finely grated, season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together and then simmer without mixing
Once the grated tomato has slightly thickened, about 3 to 4 minutes, add in the rice, mix continuously for about 2 minutes, then add in the hot broth, mix every 1 to 2 minutes and cook until rice is just done (check package instructions, mine was 15 minutes), then cover with a lid and remove from the heat
After a couple of minutes remove the lid, add in the grated cheese and mix together, transfer into serving dishes and garnish with finely chopped parsley, serve at once, enjoy!
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