6 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

"This dish of black beans and rice is a simplified version of the original. It's a Cuban favorite traditionally served at Christmas and on other special occasions. The name "Moors and Christians" refers to the Moorish invasion of southern Spain in A.D. 711." --CL Reader

How to Make It

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add ham; sauté 1 minute. Add onion and garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce and broth; bring to a boil. Add rice and next 5 ingredients (rice through bay leaf); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaf. Sprinkle each serving evenly with bell pepper. Garnish with a cilantro sprig, if desired.

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