Friday, August 14, 2009

Rice with Mushrooms, Cuttlefish and Artichokes --DARING COOKS' CHALLENGE

The August Daring Cooks' Challenge was hosted by Olga from Las Casas de Olga and Olga's Recipes. She has chosen Rice with Mushrooms, Cuttlefish and Artichokes by Jose Andres one of the most important Spanish chefs at the moment.
He trained under well-known Ferran Adria at his three Michelin star restaurant El Bulli. José Andrés lives now in Washington DC and he owns several restaurants in Washington DC area (El Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel…).
Ingredients (serves 4):
4 Artichokes (you can use jarred or freezed if fresh are not available)
12 Mushrooms (button or Portobello)
1 or 2 Bay leaves (optional but highly recommended)
1 glass of white wine
2 Cuttlefish (you can use freezed cuttlefish or squid if you don’t find it fresh)
“Sofregit” (see recipe below)
300 gr (2 cups) Short grain rice (Spanish types Calasparra or Montsant are preferred, but you can choose any other short grain. This kind of rice absorbs flavor very well) – about 75 gr per person ( ½ cup per person)
Water or Fish Stock (use 1 ½ cup of liquid per ½ cup of rice)
Saffron threads (if you can’t find it or afford to buy it, you can substitute it for turmeric or yellow coloring powder)
Allioli (olive oil and garlic sauce, similar to mayonnaise sauce) - optional

Cut the cuttlefish in little strips.
Add 1 or 2 tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan and put the cuttlefish in the pan.
If you use fresh artichokes, clean them as shown in the video in tip #7. Cut artichokes in eights.
Clean the mushrooms and cut them in fourths.
Add a bay leaf to the cuttlefish and add also the artichokes and the mushrooms.
Sauté until we get a golden color in the artichokes.
Put a touch of white wine so all the solids in the bottom of the get mixed, getting a more flavorful dish.
Add a couple or three tablespoons of sofregit and mix to make sure everything gets impregnated with the sofregit.
Add all the liquid and bring it to boil.
Add all the rice. Let boil for about 5 minutes in heavy heat.
Add some saffron thread to enrich the dish with its flavor and color. Stir a little bit so the rice and the other ingredients get the entire flavor. If you’re using turmeric or yellow coloring, use only 1/4 teaspoon.
Turn to low heat and boil for another 8 minutes (or until rice is a little softer than “al dente”)
Put the pan away from heat and let the rice stand a couple of minutes.

SOFREGIT Cooking time: aprox. 1 hour

2 tablespoons of olive oil
5 big red ripe tomatoes, chopped
2 small onions, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped (optional)
4 or 5 garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup of button or Portobello mushrooms, chopped (optional)
1 Bay leaf
Touch of ground cumin
Touch of dried oregano
Put all the ingredients together in a frying pan and sauté slowly until all vegetables are soft.
Taste and salt if necessary

The finished product with the sofregit and the traditional allioli on the side.
This is my firs DC challenge and it was great when I found out that it was going to be a spanish rice dish which is very similar to paella--one of my favorite dishes to cook! The sofregit and the allioli added a whole new dimension to the overall taste of the dish. I made this recipe again but added chorizo (spanish sausages) and other yummy!
Thank you Olga for this wonderful challenge. I Had fun making the sofregit and the allioli.


Lauren said...

Beautiful job!! Your dish looks amazing =D. I'm so glad you enjoyed your first challenge!!

Simon said...

Nice work with the post. The last photo looks appetising :)

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the daring cooks! This was a great recipe to begin with! Looks great!

Audax said...

Wow you made 2 batches. Bravo on this challenge. Congrats on your 1st challenge. Wonderful pixs. Cheers from Audax in Australia