Si, quiero Paella

November 29, 2010

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I have prepared over a half a dozen recipes in the past few weeks, and everything has been outstanding.  Seriously.  These are blow your hair back kinda concoctions. I had a taste for Paella about  a month ago and stumbled upon this recipe.  OMG. It’s soo good, I’ve already made it twice this month.  I considered having a Spanish themed Thanksgiving so I could make it a third.

I tweaked the original recipe a little by adding some additional meats/seafood, but this is definitely a dish I’ll be making for years to come…especially for company.  It’s soooo good, soooo easy and everyone thinks it’s a really exotic and difficult dish to make. And it’s okay to let ‘em keep thinking that ;0)

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Sextuple Surprise Paella

Triple Surprise Paella (or sextuple, in this case)

Serves 4
  • 4 Chicken drumsticks (I like to use chicken wings)
  • 3 Links of Pork Chorizo (I used one Andouille and one Chorizo)
  • 1 pound Shrimp (shelled and deveined), seasoned with salt and pepper
  • ½ pound mussels
  • ½ pound crab legs
  • 3 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 Med. Red Onion (sliced)
  • 2 cups Bell pepper (diced, assorted colors)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 1/2 cup Arborio Rice
  • 3/4 cups Olives (sliced, assorted types – green and kalamata work great)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fresh thyme leaves (whole)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin (ground)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Saffron springs (can be found behind the pastry counter at the DeKalb Farmer’s Market — $7.99/gram)
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)
  • evoo (for pan)
  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF
  2. In a 12″ saute pan (or 18″ paella pan) add enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Put pan over medium to high heat.
  3. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken to pan and sear both sides. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Place chorizo in pan and sear both sides. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Add onion to pan and cook until soft.
  6. Add garlic, peppers and olives. Continue to saute for 5 – 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Add rice and saute for 3 – 5 minutes (until rice begins to toast)
  8. Add chicken stock.
  9. Add cumin, saffron, bay leaves and thyme. Salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Add chicken and chorizo to pan. Arrange in decorative fashion. Cover with foil.
  11. Place pan in preheated oven. Cook for 45 minutes.
  12. Add shrimp, mussels and crab legs and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Serve.
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Gettin' started

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Toasting the Arborio rice

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You can sub Turmeric (poor man's Saffron) for Saffron threads

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Going in the oven

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Ready to be topped with seafood

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Delicious one-dish dinner

Check out the original recipe here.

What better way to enjoy Fat Tuesday (and think about what I’ll be giving up Wednesday) than with a big pot of jambalaya? This dish wouldn’t be complete without the addition of shrimp, chicken, Patak andouille and a sinus-cleansing dose of cayenne. Next time I make this, I’ll double the recipe — there was barely enough for the two of us to have leftovers for lunch!

A hearty pot of Jambalaya

Jambalaya

  • 1/2 lb. medium shrimp, chopped (You can buy it already cooked, or raw, and just throw it in)
  • 1 chicken breast, boiled and shredded
  • 2 links Andouille sausage, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Emeril’s Creole seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1/2 chopped bell pepper,any color
  • 2 ribs chopped celery
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes (I use 3 Roma)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 3/4 cup white rice
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper

In a bowl combine shrimp, chicken, Andouille and Creole seasoning, and mix well. In a large saucepan heat oil over high heat with onion, pepper and celery, 3 minutes. Add garlic, tomatoes, bay leaves, Worcestershire and hot sauces. Stir in rice and slowly add broth. Reduce heat to medium and cook until rice absorbs liquid and becomes tender, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. When rice is just tender add shrimp and chicken mixture and sausage. Season to taste with salt, pepper and Creole seasoning and you’re ready to serve! (Warning: this is a spicy dish, not for anyone that can’t handle heat.)

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