If you're looking for the authentic Dominican Locrio de longaniza recipe, you've found it here, with all the ingredients and sabores criollos our moms and grandmas would recognize and love. Read on and get ready to enjoy this easy, tasty dish of rice with Dominican sausage.
By- Last reviewed . Published Apr 7, 2014
Why we ❤️ it
Let me gush about this colorful, mouthwatering locrio de longaniza, a combination of tender but firm rice, vegetables, spices, and the extravagantly flavorsome longaniza, the Dominican pork sausage.
Combine all these things in a one-pot dish, and you'll have Dominicans salivating over a dish that is welcome on our tables any day of the week.
What's is longaniza made of?
You can read a lot more about it and how to make longaniza at home in our blog (in case you can't find it where you live). But the short version is this: longaniza is typically made of fatty pork meat – sometimes a pork and beef mixture – seasoned with a lot of oregano and black pepper, as well as garlic and salt. You can find longaniza raw or pre-cooked longaniza in supermarkets.
For this flavorful dish, I go with my preferred one: raw longaniza.
Locrio de longaniza (rice with Dominican sausage).
For locrio de longaniza, my preferred side dishes are Fritos verdes o Maduros (fried green or ripe plantains); some avocado slices are also a popular option. And if you're feeling extra fancy, throw in a Dominican cabbage salad, just cabbage with tomato.
If you're one of those people who like Habichuelas guisadas with Locrios (Dominican rice one-pot meals), then by all means, serve that too.
- I used bija (annatto or achiote) for coloring the rice in this recipe, but you can make it with tomato paste too. Add it to the sofrito (when sauteing the vegetables). If you only have tomato sauce, use half a cup of sauce and deduct ½ cup from the added water.
- If you can't find longaniza dominicana, you can make this easy homemade longaniza with our recipe.
- As there isn't just one Locrio de longaniza recipe, Dominicans add or leave out ingredients depending on their taste and budget. You can add some sweet peas, sweet corn, minced red onion, and diced carrots.
- Typically we use cubanelle peppers (ají cubanela), but I prefer pimiento in this case (bell peppers).
About this recipe
Dominican locrio recipes will always have a lot of leeway in the number of ingredients you add, from simple rice dishes with a handful of ingredients to very complex ones.
For this recipe, I have gone with just a few essential ingredients and let the longaniza flavor be the protagonist.
This is how my mom made it; is yours different? Let me know in the comments.
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Locrio de Longaniza [Recipe + Video] Rice with Dominican Sausage
- ¼ cup oil
- 2 pound longaniza, [0.5 kg], cut into 1" [2.5 cm] slices
- ½ tablespoon bija powder, ground bija (annatto, achiote)
- 2 red bell pepper, diced
- 2 tablespoons crushed garlic, (about 5 large garlic cloves)
- 1 small red onion, minced
- ⅓ cup pitted green olives
- 2 cups rice, (Carolina rice)
- 1 teaspoon salt, or more, to taste
- 3 tablespoon cilantro, or parsley, minced
1. Browning sausage
- Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large (3 quart [3 lt] thick-bottomed pot.Add the longaniza and cook stirring until it is light brown all over. Discard excess fat if you find it necessary, but you should leave enough to sauté the vegetables.
2. Cooking vegetables
- Stir in bija, peppers, garlic, onion, and olives. Cook and stir for a minute.Pour 2½ cups of water and heat until it breaks the boil. Add the salt, taste and add more to taste if you find it necessary.
3. Cooking rice
- Add rice and stir to mix well.Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring often so the rice does not stick to the bottom, until nearly all the liquid has evaporated.
4. Cooking covered
- Cover with a tight-fitting lid and simmer over very low heat for 15 minutes.Uncover and stir, moving the rice from the bottom to the top. Cover again and simmer for another 10-15 minutes, or until the rice is cooked through, but the grains are still firm. Add the cilantro and mix.
- Remove from the stove, and serve hot. Check some serving suggestions above the recipe.
Nutritional information is calculated automatically based on ingredients listed. Please consult your doctor if you need precise nutrition information.
More rice recipes
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