Comfort food in Puerto Rico is called “asopao”.
This dish is so loved by many throughout the Carribean and the Americas. I remember always finding a large pot of this delicious concoction on the back burner of my aunt’s stove. It could be a cold and stormy night, a hot and steamy day or most importantly a house party during the holidays. After a night of music, dancing and drink one did not leave the house until you had a bowl of “asopao”. There are many variations, different meats, sausage and shrimp. My favorite is chicken.
4 of each, thighs and drumsticks, seasoned with salt/pepper
6 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup sofrito
2 envelopes Sanzon Goya sin achiote (without annatto)
1/2 cup of long grain rice
2 tomatoes diced
8-10 cup chicken broth
4 ounces tomato sauce
2 bay leaf
1 cup sliced pimento-stuffed green olives
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Salt/pepper to taste
In a soup pot heat oil and brown chicken, add sofrito, sazon, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, bay leaf, chicken broth and cook for about 30 minutes then add rice. When rice is tender add your olives and season with salt/pepper. Serve with sliced avocado and cilantro.