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Casa do Frango's Green Rice

Bringing a taste of the Algarve home

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With the UK in lockdown, there’s been a sharp increase in the number of new recipes being attempted at home, with people taking a much greater interest in food. I’m no different, and am constantly looking to try new recipes, both in the kitchen, and on the BBQ. 

A couple of week’s ago, I tuned into a live instagram video with head chef, Dario from Casa do Frango, an authentic Portuguese restaurant whose flagship venue is located just a short walk from our office in London. Dario was sharing his recipe and method for one of my favourite dishes from Portugal, piri piri chicken. Casa do Frango have brought authentic Algarvian techniques, flavours and experiences to London, and have recently opened up their second restaurant in Shoreditch, London. Whilst the hero dish is the wood charcoaled frango piri piri, their menu extends beyond chicken and pays homage to the many delights of the region, with traditional sides and sharing dishes, showcased alongside inspired additions and vegetarian dishes. Our Friends at Casa do Frango have kindly teamed up with us, to share the recipe for one of these dishes, their delicious green rice.        

Green Rice  

Green Rice

Yield: 1 Portion

Allergens: Gluten (Barley), Sulphites

 

Ingredients:

2g Red Chilli – very finely diced

1 Medium clove of Garlic – very finely diced

150g Cooked Carolino Rice – must be cold

20g Plantain – 2cm Diced & Deep-Fried until deep golden brown

20g Frozen Peas

10g Parsley – picked leaves - Chiffonade

40g Oyster Mushrooms – roughly torn into strips

2g Tarragon – picked leaves - Chiffonade

20ml White wine

10g Mushroom Ketchup

30g Pea Puree – see below for recipe

25g Sofrito – see below for recipe

10g Canned Artichoke hearts – quartered and deep fried until golden and crispy

5ml Lemon Juice

5g Piquillo Peppers – finely sliced

3g Pickled Guindilla chillies – finely sliced on an angle

Salt & Pepper – to taste

30ml Olive oil

 

Method:

  1.     Heat olive oil in a (preferably non-stick) frying pan.
  2.     Add oyster mushrooms and sauté for 1 minute to give a little colour.
  3.     Add the diced red chilli and garlic. Sauté for a further 1 minute.
  4.     Add white wine and reduce. Add tarragon.
  5.     Add sofrito.
  6.     Add cooked rice.
  7.     Add mushroom ketchup.
  8.     Add plantain.
  9.     Once all ingredients are piping hot, add peas, pea puree and half of the parsley.
  10. Check seasoning and adjust as necessary.
  11. Quickly mix and transfer to serving dish.
  12. Garnish with lemon juice, guindillas, remaining parsley, piquillo peppers and, finally, the crispy artichokes.

 

Pea Puree

Ingredients:

200g Frozen petit pois

5g Mint – picked leaves

30ml Extra virgin olive oil

Method:

  1.     Bring a pan of salted water to the boil.
  2.     Blanch peas for 45-60 seconds.
  3.     Immediately refresh in an ice bath.
  4.     Once chilled, remove from the ice bath and blend to a smooth puree with the mint and olive oil.

 

Sofrito

Ingredients:

1 Red Pepper – Seeds removed and sliced into 0.5cm strips

2 White Onion – peeled and thinly sliced

2 Cloves of garlic - peeled and thinly sliced

1 bay leaf

50ml Olive Oil

Method:

  1.     Sweat all ingredients in a pan until very soft and sweet. The pan should be covered and stirred frequently. This should take between 45 minutes and 1 hour.
  2.     Remove bay leaf and reserve cooked sofrito.

Casa do Frango London Bridge

Like many of us, Casa do Frango is currently closed, although they are delivering to those in London, whilst also supporting the NHS with free meals. I’m certainly looking forward to visiting once life returns to normal. In the meantime, I’ll be trying my hand at some authentic Portuguese cooking.

If this whets your appetite for some authentic Algarvian cuisine, why not start your Algarve holiday search and get even closer to the action. 

       

 

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