Sunday dinner or the next holiday you’ve got a great recipe to cook
Jollof rice is a special dish in Africa. Many countries have their own version of Jollof, but I have to say Liberian Jollof rice is the best! Well if you dont believe me prepare this dish and compare it to the other versions you have tasted, I’m sure you will be in love from the first bite.
Jollof Rice Recipe
You will need:
3 C raw rice (parboiled, see Tips below)
1 lb peeled shrimp
3 lbs chicken (or some combination of chicken and beef)
6 oz can spam (or smoked turkey)
1 medium onion (chopped)
1 green bell pepper (chopped, optional)
2 C frozen mixed vegetables
1/2 cabbage, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 tsp salt
2 tsp seasoned salt (Lawrys is great)
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
14 oz can diced tomatoes
1/2 C cooking oil
1 C water
Cook Chicken, Meat, and Shrimp
Remove any skin and fat from the chicken and meat. Cut up into 1 to 1/2 inch pieces. Peel your shrimp and place in bowl with
meat and chicken.
Add 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp seasoned salt and stir. Allow to stand for 15 minutes.
Dice spam (or smoked turkey) into small (1/2 inch) pieces. The spam is probably salty enough so no need to add salt. Place in a bowl by itself.
Spray the bottom of a large non-stick skillet with cooking oil spray. Turn burner on high. If you use regular oil, use a Tbs of oil and cook on medium high instead. Test oil by dropping some droplets of water into hot skillet. Oil is ready if water skittles around.
Add chicken, meat and shrimp to pan and stir around quickly with spoon until golden brown and cooked. Transfer back to pan.
Cool, clean and then spray the same skillet with cooking oil spray. Fry the spam until medium brown. If you are using smoked turkey, there is no need to cook it any further.
Add the spam to the bowl with meat, chicken, and shrimp. Set aside.
Make your Sauce
Clean out your skillet. Add your oil.
Chop onions. Heat oil in skillet on high. When hot, add chopped onion and frozen mixed vegetables. Sautee until the onions are cooked.
Add tomatoes, mixed vegetables, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp seasoned salt, black pepper, green pepper(if you are using any) and 1 C water.
Add the chicken, shrimp, meat and spam. Stir, cook on medium for 2 minutes. Remove from stove and set aside.
Finally: Make Your Jollof Rice
Pre-heat stove. Combine cabbage with rice in a large bowl. Mix well.
Add sauce, a little at a time, to the rice mixture in the pan.
Be careful not to add too much sauce!
Your rice should be covered with sauce, but not watery. You may not need to use all the sauce. You can add any remaining sauce later, while baking.
Mix well and transfer to a large pot.
Steam mixture for at least 30 minutes.
Check rice to see if it is done , if it is hard, add any extra sauce and carefully mix in. If you don’t have any sauce left over, add a cook spoon of water.
If you add more sauce or water, cover again with top, and cook an additional 10 minutes. If not, move to the next step.
When your rice is fully cooked (firm but not too soft), turn the heat up to high. Remove top covering, and steam for 5 minutes. This is to brown your rice.
Stir rice again and broil another 2 minutes. Your rice should be ready now.
Mix your meat in and remove pan from stove and enjoy your Jollof Rice