Thursday, January 29, 2009

Have You Ever Tried "Paella"?

The Paella is one of the most delicious dishes you will find on the Spanish gastronomy.

It´s very popular in Spain and there are a lot of ways to cook this recipe.

The Paella is a rice dish orignating in Valencia, in the eastern Spain. This is considered one of the national dishes by Spaniards.

There are three types very well known: Valencian Paella, Seafood Paella and Mixed Paella.

Here I show you the recipe of Valencian Paella:


2 cups olive oil
1 red bell pepper, cut in strips
3/4 chicken, cut into pieces
1/2 rabbit, cut into pieces
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 1/2 pounds green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 1/2 pounds broad beans, shelled
1/2 tomato, chopped
4 1/2 cups water, or fill up the paella pan to the height of the handles 2 times
2 cups snails, cleaned, fresh or frozen
1 1/4 pounds plus 1-ounce rice (3.5 ounces per person) (recommended: Bomba – short grain rice)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 pinch saffron, for coloring
Sprigs rosemary, as garnish


Heat 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the oil in a pan. Add the strips of pepper and fry until they start to soften. Remove and reserve for garnish. Fry the chicken and rabbit at medium heat until golden brown, adding more oil, as necessary. Add the paprika half way through to add color to meat. Push the meat out to the edges of the pan and add the beans and tomatoes in the center, mixing them well. Add 1/2 the water making sure to cover the pan until it is 1/2 full. Simmer for approximately 30 minutes until most of the water has evaporated. Add the snails and cook for 5 or 10 minutes.

Add the rice, distributing it evenly over the pan and fry for a few minutes, moving it around in the pan. Add the rest of the water and cook for about 20 minutes. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Add a pinch of saffron for colour. Once this is done the paella should not be stirred anymore.

For the last 1 to 2 minutes increase the heat to medium-high, until the bottom layer of rice starts to caramelize, creating what Valencians call the "socarrat". If the rice starts to burn remove the pan from the heat immediately.

Garnish the paella with the strips of red pepper and the sprigs of rosemary. Cover the pan and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.

I hope you like the recipe and let me know if you try it!

Thanks for reading!


Beth said...

I'll have to try this recipe. My husband love paella!

moxylyn said...

This looks good, but I'd have to leave out the rabbit and snails!

LeelaBijou said...

moxylyn, I don´t like rabbit and snails either. When I make this recipe I don´t include those ingredients. I find snails a bit "ewwww". lol.

KnittingsMyBag said...

I lived next door to a couple from Cuba when I lived in Florida and she made this dish all the time. I'm going to try it myself. thanks.

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