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.
- 1/2 kg leftover meat, charque or sausages
- 2 cups white rice
- 4 cups boiling water
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 1 Onion, chopped
- 2 tbs. butter
- 2 or 3 bay leaves
- Chopped parsley
- Ground pepper
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 thoroughly.