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Portuguese Rice – end of the month comfort food!

Posted on May 29, 2014 by in rice, rsg, vegetarian

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Portuguese Rice

Portuguese rice is my idea of trying to make my family believe that even at the end of the month, I can cook up a feast!

Portuguese rice seems to be a big thing, who knew! Recently I’ve had a few requests for Portuguese rice and so when Johnny Hamman suggested we make it for our RSG chat, I did not think twice to say yes! The Portuguese love their rice dishes. Arroz de Tomato, seems to be the most popular and then of course their irresistible rice pudding, arroz doce! They have rice at almost every meal, sometimes as a main course, but the perfect partner to the rice of course is the peri-peri chicken! Portuguese rice has all the big bold flavors so typical of their cooking and is infused with flavors such as peri-peri, saffron, vanilla, cinnamon and of course olive oil both for cooking and flavoring. Garlic, parlsey and corriander would make a typical Portuguese meal complete.

portuguese rice

I wanted to invite Johhny Hamman to come and chat to us about entertaining and his so-called pop-up restaurants. I cannot wait to meet Johhny firstly, but also to learn from him, because he is the master when it comes to events and planning events. Where my mind stops, he has barely started. I cooked with Johhny at the Palms Market not so long ago, but that day, things were so hectic, that we never got to chat.

I did surprise me though that Johnny sent me this easy, no-fuss recipe. I expected something complicated and very fancy, but it was a lovely surprise. It proofed to me once again, that hearty comfort food is here to stay and when we sit down to a meal with our families and friends, we seek the simplicity and the honesty of  friendship combined with good old-fashioned food.

This Portuguese rice is really a meal in one, it has the starch ( in my case, I used barley), it has the protein and the vegetables, all in on dish, brilliant Johnny!

Portuguese Rice

Portuguese rice

serves 6


100g butter
15 ml Olyfberg Olive Oil
1 chopped onion
2 bay leaves
2 cloves garlic – chopped
250 g dry rice – I used barley
15 ml smoked paprika
1 liter vegetable stock
10 eggs
1 small jar pickled artichokes
5  small baby marrow – cut in strips and grilled
250 ml parmesan cheese
fresh rocket or parsley


Preheat  oven to 180 C.Melt butter and olive oil in a pan that can go in the oven or use a casserole. Saute onion, garlic and bay leaves until the onions are soft. Add rice and paprika and stir until each rice kernel is covered with oil.
Add stock and stir. Put the lid back on and place in the oven for 35 – 40 minutes. Use the back end of a sponn and make 0 indents in the rice. Break and egg in each hole. Arrange the artichokes and baby marrow strips on the rice and place back into the oven until the eggs are cooked. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and fresh rocket or parsley.

ek het gort in plaas van rys gebruik.
om die dis bietjie goedkoper te maak, kan jy die artitjokke uitlos en meer murgpampoentjies maak

Portuguese Rice

Tomorrow  morning  just after the 9 o’clock news, I will be  chatting to Johhny and he will be giving you ideas and inspiration to Entertain on a budget!  I will also in weeks to come take you into the kitchens of other bloggers, chefs and interesting South Africans this year. So buckle up, it is going to be an awesome ride. Tune in 100-104FM or listen online here!

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3 Responses to “Portuguese Rice – end of the month comfort food!”

  1. Estelle McLachlan 29 May 2014 at 5:40 pm #

    Oeee – dit lyk soooo lekker. ‘n Groot rysliefhebber myself!

  2. Bennita Skein 29 May 2014 at 7:12 pm #

    Op watter stadium kom die kaas by?

    • nerinatimm 2 June 2014 at 2:25 pm #

      Bennita, die kaas kom heel laaste by!

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