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Peruvian Christmas Rice


¼ cup olive oil
6 thin slices of bacon or ham, chopped
1 onion, chopped
½ cup raisins
3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
3 cups rice*
3 ½ cups hot water
½ cup toasted chopped almonds


1. Heat oil in a large pot and add the chopped bacon and onion. Cook until onion is translucent and the bacon begins to brown. Then add garlic and raisins and cook for 1 additional minute.

2. Add rice and stir well. (If cooking the rice in a rice cooker, cook the rice with water separately and follow all others steps.) Season with salt and pepper; pour the hot water and mix. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until rice is cooked and dry. Mix well with a fork.

3. To serve, pour into a round mold, then turn upside down on a platter for the final presentation. Garnish with toasted almonds.

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