Jollof rice potluck? What is potluck by the way? It is a gathering where everyone brings a dish for everyone else to share. It is a brilliant idea as if it is a person throwing a party. It removes the stress of elaborate cooking on one person.
Jollof rice is rice cooked in chili tomato sauce with various spices. In a potluck, people bring different things. Some may bring just grilled chicken, fish or beef, and others perhaps a salad. You would be surprised how they all fit in together when everyone takes a little of each of the food brought.
I wanted a taste that people in the community I live can identify with so, I decided to give this West African classic another twist by introducing bacon and sausage to it. And it was a winner. When I made it recently to my 6-year-old daughter's class potluck, she gave me a ten out of ten. Now, she is not easy to impress, so, this one must have pulled it for her.
Here is the recipe I used:
How To Cook Jollof Rice Potluck
Prep Time: 15min
Cooking Time: 40min
4 cups of long grain rice, rinsed and set aside
1.5 litre of chicken stock
6 bacon rashers diced
5 sausages diced
1/4 stick of butter
2 medium size onion, chop one and blend the other
3 bell peppers
6-8 roma tomatoes depending on size
3 bay leaves
1-2 Thai pepper
2 tespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper(optional if you can stand more heat)
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
Salt to taste
Blend the bell pepper, Thai pepper, tomatoes, and one onion.
Lightly grease the inside of a heavy-based pot and pot up on medium heat and fry the diced sausages first as they cook a little longer than bacon.
After about five minutes, add the bacon. Bacon contains loads of oil, and the oil drippings from the bacon and sausage are what would is used for the rest of the cooking. Fry bacon and sausage for a further 5 minutes or until they both become crispy.
Use a slotted spoon to remove bacon and sausage from the pot, set aside, and carry on with the next step.
Melt the butter in the bacon oil and fry the onion until which is roughly 4-5 minutes.
Stir in the spices for 1-2 minutes.
Pour in the blended tomato mixture, stir and cook for about 15 minutes, occasionally stirring as needed.
Add the rice to the tomato mixture along with 1 litre of stock for a start, save the rest and use as needed if the liquid adding more during cooking from what you saved. Cooking the rice should take about 25- 30 minutes depending on appliances and how tender you want your rice to be.
Stir in the bacon and sausage and using a wooden spoon and serve rice as a side dish or as a meal of its own or to share with family and friends in a potluck.
Note that there has been growing concerns about the consumtion of processed meat and red meat. Articles like this, suggest a need to reduce or even eliminate consumption. If would like to try one without processed meat and red meat, try this.
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