Chourico Rice Bake

Chourico Rice Bake
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Oven Baked Rice with Portuguese Style Chourico Sausages, Garlic, Onions & Peppers with Pimento Paste. Serve the Whole Chourico Rice Bake Tray at the table after fluffing or individually plate. The leftovers make for a really good Fried Rice too.

Chourico Rice Bake Ingredients

The main ingredients in a Chourico Rice bake are Chourico Sausages, Vegetables, Rice & Liquids. Check out the Rice Bake recipe for more in depth information on just the Rice Bake.

The same technique is used here. With the Vegetables consisting of Onions, Peppers & Garlic along with some Pimento Paste. Same Seasoning with Smoked Paprika & Parsley added in. Tomato Juice & Lemon Juice replaces some of the water.

Chourico Sausage

Use two or more store bought or homemade Chourico Sausages, chopped down to the desired size. These are Portuguese Chourico Sausage and are very versatile and flavorful for numerous dishes. They really hit nice with loaded flavors. Good Quality Chourico Sausages is really going to add that something else.

Portuguese Chourico Sausages

Portuguese Chourico Sausages

These are the sweet or mild kind with extra heat being added in through the Black & White Pepper or optionally using Hot Pimento Paste.

Depending on the Chourico Sausages you have, adjust your heat accordingly.

Portuguese Chourico Sausage

Chourico Sausages

Not all Portuguese Chourico is made the same. You are looking for Chunky bits of Pork, not ground. With marbling of Fat and a Red Paste. They come in Sweet/Mild or Hot.

Oven Portuguese Chourico Sausages

Homemade Chourico Sausages

Amazing Homemade Chourico Sausages and for this recipe you don’t have to stuff into skins, just include the raw Chourico Meat.

Vegetables

Use 3 Cloves of Garlic, 1 Onion with 1/2 a Red & Green Bell Pepper. This combination is just excellent in a Rice Bake and pairs up well with Sausages.

Chourico Rice Bake Vegetables

Chourico Rice Bake Vegetables

  • 3 Cloves Chopped Garlic
  • 1 Diced Onion
  • 1/2 a Diced Green & Red Bell Pepper

Rice

Any medium to long Grain Rice will work. No need to wash or rinse the Rice, just measure it out and set it aside. Add Rice after the Vegetables have softened.

Two Cups of Basmati Rice

Basmati Rice

2 Cups of Basmati Rice in a bowl and set aside until needed to cook for about 1 – 2 minutes before adding in the Liquids.

Liquids

The liquids used in the Chourico Rice Bake is the Standard Chicken Broth with 1/4 C of Pimento Paste & Lemon Juice and 1/2 C of Tomato Juice to displace the Broth.

First add Hot Water with the Bouillon cubes and use a fork to press them down and help dissolve them or crumble the bouillon cubes into the water. This will ensure that there are no large pieces of Bouillon in the mix and that they dissolve quickly. Then add everything else in.

Chourico Rice Bake Liquids

Chourico Rice Bake Liquids

Combine into a Bowl and set aside until needed.

  • 2 Maggi Chicken Bouillon Cubes
  • 2 Cups of Hot Water
  • 1/2 C Tomato Juice
  • 1/4 C Pimento Paste & Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbl Smoked Paprika & Parsley
  • 1/2 Tbl Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp White Pepper
Pimento Paste Sweet

Pimento Paste

Pimento paste is added in for extra flavor. There are two kinds you can pick up, Sweet & Hot.

I pick up the Sweet and add extra heat in through Black & White Pepper. If you want a spicy Chourico Rice Bake, use Hot Pimento Paste. Even Spicier, combine with Hot Chourico Sausages.

Chourico RICE BAKE SEASONING

The seasoning used for the Chourico Rice Bake is the same as the standard Rice bake, with Smoked Paprika & Parsley added. Use 1 Tbl each with the Salt & Pepper.

Salt & Pepper Blend

Salt & Pepper Seasoning

  • 1/2 Tbl Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp White Pepper

How to Cook Chourico Rice Bake

It’s best to have everything ready to go. Use 3 Bowls to hold the Rice, Liquids & Seasoning, and Vegetables with Chopped or Torn Chourico Sausages.

Olive Oil And Chourico Sausages

Chourico Sausages

Cook over medium heat, Chourico Sausages in Extra Virgin Olive Oil to assist in rendering some of the Fat out and flavoring the Oil. Just for a few minutes.

Saute Chourico Rice Bake Vegetables

SAUTÉ THE VEGETABLES

Add and Sauté the Vegetables until softened over medium heat. Just a few minutes.

Vegetables are Garlic, Onions, Mixed Peppers.

Cooking Chourico Rice Bake Rice

COOK THE RICE IN FAT

Add in the unwashed Rice and cook for 1 – 2 minutes. Mixing well so that each grain can get coated in fat.

Basmati Rice is used.

Oven Ready Chourico Rice Bake

ADD LIQUIDS

Turn the heat up to max and add the Liquids along with any Seasonings and bring to a boil.

Ensure the bouillon cubes are completely dissolved.

Rested Chourico Rice Bake

BAKE THE RICE

Empty into a Casserole Dish, cover and bake in a preheated oven at 400 F – 450 F for 40–45 minutes.

When it is done baking, remove and let rest while still covered for 15–20 minutes before fluffing the Rice to serve.

Fluffed Chourico Rice Bake

Rest & Fluff

Scrape the bottom and sides and toss the Rice well. Serve the whole tray at the table or individually plate to serve.

Chourico Fried Rice

Leftovers are fantastic as Fried Rice, too. Just heat the Wok up really hot over max heat and add the Rice. Keep tossing it around until heated through and serve. It already has the Fat, Seasoning and Vegetables in it. Just heat it through and you’re good.

Chourico Sausage Rice Bake Pin

Chourico Rice Bake

Oven Baked Rice with Portuguese Style Chourico Sausages, Garlic, Onions & Peppers with Pimento Paste for a Chourico Rice Bake.
Use either Sweet or Hot Pimento Paste or Mild or Hot Chourico Sausages with or without the added Black & White Pepper for your preference of heat.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time55 minutes
Resting Time20 minutes
Servings: 6 portions

Equipment

  • 1 Sauté Pan or Deep Skillet, Wok, Saucepot
  • 1 Casserole Dish larger than a 2 1/2 quarts
  • 3 Bowls for the Seasoning & Liquids, Vegetables, Rice

Ingredients

  • 2 Links Chourico Sausage - or more, Torn or Chopped to desired size
  • 2 C Hot Water
  • 2 Cubes Maggi Chicken Bouillon
  • 2 C Basmati Rice - or any Medium to Long grain
  • 1/2 C Tomato Juice
  • 1/4 C Sweet Pimento Paste & Lemon Juice - or Hot Pimento Paste for Spicy
  • 1/4 C EVOO
  • 3 Cloves Garlic - Chopped
  • 1 Large Onion - Diced
  • 1 Med Red Bell Pepper - Or Half Green & Red Bell Peppers
  • 1 Tbl Smoked Paprika & Parsley
  • 1/2 Tbl Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp White Pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F – 450 F. Rack in middle position.
    Combine Hot Water & Bouillon Cubes and press with a fork to assist in dissolving the Cubes, or crumble the Cubes into the Water. Add in Tomato Juice, Lemon Juice & Pimento Paste along with Smoked Paprika, Sea Salt, Black & White Pepper. Set this aside until needed.
    Measure out 2 Cups of Rice and set aside.
    Prepare the Diced Onions & Bell Pepper with Chopped Garlic, set aside.
  • When the oven is preheated, place a Pan on medium heat with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
    Chop the Chourico to desired size and add it to the Pan, cook for a few minutes. Add the Vegetables. Cook for a few minutes before adding in the Rice. Cook for 1–2 minutes before adding in the Liquids.
    Bring this to a boil over max heat and pour into the Casserole Dish. Place into the oven covered for 40–45 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let rest 15–20 minutes. Afterward, scrape the bottom and sides and toss the Rice well. Serve the whole tray or individually plate and serve.

Notes

Any leftover Rice can be refrigerated and cooked the next day in a Wok for Fried Rice. No need to add oil. Just heat the Wok up over max heat and let it get hot. Add the Rice and keep tossing to heat through and serve. 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Canadian, Portuguese
Keywords: Chourico Rice Bake, Portuguese Chourico Rice Bake, Portuguese Rice Bake, Rice Bake, Rice Bake Recipe, Sausage Rice Bake
Author: JAH
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