Pumpkin (Calbaza) Rice

In Jamaica and a few other Western Caribbean islands you might find a rich creamy dish called Pumpkin Rice, in many household kitchens. The main 2 ingredients in this delicious dish are pumpkin (calbaza squash) and white rice but, that’s where the similarities end. The dish is completed by adding other vegetables, cured meats, salt fish or other seafood to make a tasty one-pot meal.  The following recipe is for a simple vegetarian version of this dish. Serve it with any meat or combine with other side dishes for a complete meal.

Steak with pumpkin rice and cabbage II

¼ pound pumpkin (calbaza or butternut) squash, diced small
2 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoons salt
½ small onion, diced small
1clove garlic, chopped small
1 cup white rice,
1 stalk scallion, optional

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In a small saucepan, melt butter over  medium heat. Add pumpkin, onion and salt. Stir well and sauté for about 2 minutes to release flavors.

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Use a fork to stir in the rice. Cover and let rice sauté for about 3 minutes until grains begin to toast. Add water cover and let rice simmer for 15 minutes. Check for  doneness. If grains are cooked turn off heat and serve. If grains are hard add ¼ cup water cover and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Once rice is cooked. fluff with fork. Stir in chopped escallion.

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