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You can use jarred sofrito sauce or freshly made with onion, garlic, bell pepper, cilantro, and oregano pureed in a food processor.
Bacon can be used instead of salt pork.
You may notice that some of the rice on the bottom of the pan will stick and brown. Don’t worry about this – that crisp layer of rice is called pegao and adds a delicious taste and texture. Some people worry that it’s burnt, but this is actually a part of the process and would be the same as cooking arroz con pollo in a pot