Paella

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What could be better than a meal involving rice? How about one that is loaded with seafood and is packed with flavor. The paella is a famous Spanish dish that is favorited the world over. The combination of the fresh shellfish combined with the spicyness of the chorizo leave a symphony of flavor in your mouth that will make you savor for more. This entree is prepared in large pans meant to be shared amongst groups of people and over a nice conversation and bottle of wine.

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 40 Minutes

Ingredients

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

½ a chopped yellow onion

2 cloves minced fresh garlic

16 ounce package of rice

3 pinches of saffron

1 teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon cayenne

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon salt

1 large diced tomatoes

½ pound of shrimp

½ pound of mussels

½ pound of smoked chorizo (can substitute andouille sausage)

3 cups of stock (either fish or chicken)

½ cup of water

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley (for use as garnish after meal is cooked)

Instructions

  • This requires a special piece of equipment, the paella pan. If you do not have one you can use a large cast iron skillet.
  • Heat olive oil and sauté onions until they start becoming translucent over a medium-high heat, about 3 minutes
  • Add garlic, chorizo and rice and mix and let it crisp up for a few
  • Cook for 5 minutes
  • Sprinkle saffron and add the stock to the mixture, stir
  • Add spices, tomatoes
  • Lower the heat to a low setting and let the paella simmer for 25 minutes covered. Stir.
  • Add the half cup of water
  • Add the shellfish, stir into rice and let simmer covered for fifteen more minutes.
  • Do not stir anymore, let it sit and cook
  • Add the chopped parsley on top, plate, and enjoy
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