This made just under 2 c. of hogao, and so next time I would probably use this same amount and only make the regular batch of rice (instead of doubling it). I think that would just pump up the flavour of this dish a bit. If you were in a rush, I bet it wouldn't hurt to use a can of diced tomatoes instead. (But this stuff is way better!)
All 4 adults and 4 children cleaned off their plates last night - this dish was wonderful!! I absolutely loved the cheese tossed in at the end... it melted a little bit in the warm rice, and it was so delicious. You could play around with this dish in so many different ways.... try adding shrimp or chicken instead of (or along with) the sausage, or try different types of white cheese. I'd definitely recommend the addition of the bean side dish.... it was such a great meal, and I can't wait to make it again!