Arroz Verde ( Green Rice )

Yield: 6 Servings
4 Poblano chilies; or 4 green
;peppers, each 4 inches in
4 c Chicken stock; fresh or can
1 c Parsley, fresh; coarsely
1/2 c Onion; coarsely chopped
1/4 t Garlic; finely chopped
1 t Salt
1/8 t Black pepper; freshly ground
1/4 c Olive oil
2 c Long grain rice; raw
Roast the chilies or peppers, remove their skins, stems, seeds and
thick white membranes and discard. Chop the chilies into chunks.
Combine 1 cup of the chunks and 1/2 cup of stock in the jar of a
blender and blend at high speed for 15 seconds{d ohen gradually add the
remaining chilies and the parsley, onions, garlic, salt and pepper,
blending until the mixture is reduced to a smooth puree. (To make the
sauce by hand, puree the chilies, parsley, onions and garlic, a cup or
so at a time, in a food mill set over a bowl. Discard any pulp left in
the mill. Stir in 1/2 cup of stock and the salt and pepper.) Pour the
oil into a 2 to 3 quart casserole and set it over moderate heat. When
the oil is hot but not smoking, add the rice and stir constantly for 2
to 3 minutes until the grains are coated with oil. Do not let them
brown. Now add the pureed chili mixture and simmer, stirring
occasionally, for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, bring the remaining /2 cups of
stock to a boil in a small saucepan and pour it over the rice. Return
to a boil, cover the casserole and reduce the heat to its lowest point.
Simmer undisturbed for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the rice is tender
and has absorbed all the liquid. Before serving, fluff the rice with a
fork. If the rice must wait, remove the cover and drape the pan loosely
with a towel. Place in a preheated 250 degree (F) oven to keep warm.

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