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Chamorro Red Rice

Iconic af and served at any Guam or Northern Mariana Island KFC, red rice is like the fun Aunty that makes you actually look forward to all the family parties. Perfect attendance, kumaire. You see that wonderful bacon extract ingredient down there WE. DON'T. PLAY. Source: Guam Guide

Serves 6people
cups Calrose rice (if not Calrose, regular short-grain will do)
5 1/2
cups water, more as needed
cup vegetable oil
tbs bacon drippings
cup chopped yellow onions
1 1/2
tsp garlic powder
tsp salt
tsp black pepper
tsp seasoning salt
cup plus 3 tablespoons achote seeds
In a medium pot, measure and rinse 5 cups of rice. Add 5 ¼ cups water (more water may be necessary while the rice cooks).
Add the oil, bacon drippings, and onions. Season to taste with seasoning salt, pepper, garlic powder, and salt so that it is quite flavorful. Set the pot on medium-high heat.
Place a strainer over the pot such that it is about 2 inches submerged into the liquid. Put the achote seeds into the strainer. As the liquid heats, the color and flavor will be released. Stir the seeds within the strainer constantly.
Boil the rice for 10 minutes, long enough to get a dark orange, almost red color. Stir the pot of rice occasionally to prevent the bottom from sticking and burning.
After the coloring is completed, remove the strainer with the seeds. At this time, if it looks like much of the water has been absorbed, add ¼ cup more water.
Stir rice. Cover the pot and steam for 10 minutes.
Check rice. If kernels are cooking and the rice looks to have enough water, scoop rice and steam another 15 minute. However, if the kernels are still quite opaque and rice looks dry, add a ½ cup more water. Do not stir cooked rice as stirring makes cooked rice mushy.
Check rice and repeat until rice is cooked. Use an ice cream scoop to serve perfect mounds of rice.

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