Arroz de carreteiro

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This recipe, "cart rider's rice" in english, is typical from the gauchos in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. Traditional ingredient was the dried meat known as charque, but nowadays most folks just use leftover meat from churrasco (barbecue). Sausages can also be used.



Chop the leftover meat, charque or sausages in cubes or slices about 0,5 cm large. If using charque, one should leave it in water the night before to unsalt it. The water can and should be changed two or three times.

In a casserole, melt the butter and fry the meat until the fat starts to melt. Add the Onion, fry for two minutes, then drop the tomato in and stew for another two minutes. Add the bay leaves, mix throughly.

Add the rice, mix, pour the boiling water and salt, and cook for about ten minutes. Add a little more water if the liquid evaporates and the rice is still hard.

Serve with freshly ground pepper and parsley.