Si, quiero Paella
November 29, 2010
I have a new favorite foodie website. It’s full of creative recipes accompainied by gorgeous photos. Take a peek:
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)
Triple Surprise Paella (or sextuple, in this case)
- 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)
- Preheat oven to 425ºF
- In a 12″ saute pan (or 18″ paella pan) add enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Put pan over medium to high heat.
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken to pan and sear both sides. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Place chorizo in pan and sear both sides. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Add onion to pan and cook until soft.
- Add garlic, peppers and olives. Continue to saute for 5 – 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add rice and saute for 3 – 5 minutes (until rice begins to toast)
- Add chicken stock.
- Add cumin, saffron, bay leaves and thyme. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Add chicken and chorizo to pan. Arrange in decorative fashion. Cover with foil.
- Place pan in preheated oven. Cook for 45 minutes.
- Add shrimp, mussels and crab legs and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Serve.
Check out the original recipe here.