There is just two of us in our little house, which results in a lot of leftovers sometimes. Especially when it comes to rice. We like rice, no we love rice. Rice is to Puerto Ricans what potatoes are to Americans. Growing up in a Puerto Rican home the standard meal was rice, beans and a side of meat.
Any given day of the week you will find an array of leftovers in our refrigerator. If I am not careful, the leftovers will take over and come alive. With only two of us in the house, it just happens. Seriously, one time I found a container in the back of the refrigerator that I am sure would have started talking to me if opened.
As scary as leftovers can become they can also make some amazing dishes. A few weeks back while I was standing in front of the refrigerator trying to figure out what to make for dinner. My eye landed on some left over rice and pork tenderloin. I didn’t have quite enough for both of us, but I knew if I combined it and bulked it up with some other things it could make a killer dinner.
I fried up some ripe plantains that were sitting on the counter, scrambled a few eggs, tossed in the rice and pork, and TA-DA dinner was made. And, HOLLY MOLLY was it good! These are all elements that I’ve had for a complete dinner, but to toss them together and fry them up a little made it a whole new dish.
With tender rice, savory pork and chunks of sweet, crispy plantains, every bite is the perfect bite! This business is so good I had to force myself not to hide in the closet with the whole pot. I showed some self-restraint and only had a bowl, instead of the whole pot. Although, I did go back for seconds…and maybe thirds. It was just SOOOOO good! Recipe for homemade recaito and sazon.
*This recipe does make twice the amount of rice that you need for he fried rice, but it's best prepared at this ratio. Remaining prepared rice can be kept refrigerated for up to a week for and easy weeknight dinner side.
The skin of ripe plantains should be yellow and black, The more black on the skin the riper the plantain.
Recipe for homemade recaito and sazon.