Spanish Paella

Spanish Paella

Ready in 45 minutes
4.2 avg, 7 review(s) 67% would make again

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This is Spain's answer to the One-Pot Party meal. Redolent with saffron and spices this looks, smells, and tastes wonderful.

"This was an awsome dish. I only ch a nged the mussels to shrimp and added it last. All my friends loved it. Oh I did use couscous In stead of rice. "

- judybooty2


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For the sofrito:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup yellow onion; 1 medium minced
1 medium red or green bell pepper; cored, seeded, and cut into strips
1 cup seeded and chopped tomato; 1-pound can
1 teaspoon dried basil; crumbled
1 teaspoon dried thyme; crumbled
1 teaspoon cumin seed
1 medium bay leaf
1 tablespoon Garlic; minced
1 medium chicken; (up to 3 pounds), cut in pieces
6 OR chicken legs; separated into drumsticks and thighs
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 pound Chorizo; about 3 links, cut crosswise into slices
OR smoked ham; diced
4 cups Chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon ground saffron; or turmeric
3 cups long-grain rice
1 pound mussels; scrubbed well, beards removed and rinsed
1 cup fresh or frozen peas; thawed
fresh cilantro or parsley; Minced, for garnish
Lemon; wedges, for garnish

Original recipe makes 8



Make the sofrito: In a skillet heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the onion and pepper, and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, thyme, basil, cumin seed, bay leaf and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook the mixture for 5 to 7 minutes, or until almost all the liquid has evaporated. Set aside.

Pat dry the chicken and season it with salt and pepper. In a large deep ovenproof skillet heat the oil over moderately high heat until it is hot. Add the chicken to the skillet, cook it for 7 to 10 minutes on each side, or until it is browned and transfer it to a plate. Add the sausage or ham to the skillet, cook it, tossing, until it is browned lightly, and transfer with a slotted spoon to the plate.

To assemble the paella: Preheat the oven 400 degrees. In a saucepan bring the broth to a simmer over moderately high heat, add the saffron or turmeric and let the mixture steep for 5 minutes. In a 14-inch paella pan or a large deep ovenproof skillet, arrange the rice, chicken, sausage or ham and sofrito. Add the prepared broth, bring the liquid to a simmer over high heat, stirring, and immediately remove the pan from the heat. Arrange the shellfish in the pan and bake the paella on the floor of the oven for 25 minutes. (Do not stir the paella during cooking. If the mixture becomes dry, add the additional broth.) Add the peas and bake the paella for 10 minutes more, or until the liquid is absorbed and the mussels have opened. Let the paella stand, covered with a dish towel, for 5 minutes before serving. Serve the paella in its dish garnished with the cilantro and lemon wedges.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Adapted from recipe by Patricia Simet de Fabian, Torreon, Coah., MX


The key to Paella is "Put what you've got ... in the pot" Seafood, Sausage, Chicken, Rabbit, it's all good.


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This was an awsome dish. I only ch a nged the mussels to shrimp and added it last. All my friends loved it. Oh I did use couscous In stead of rice.
judybooty2 10 months ago
carbz 1 year ago
Omg! Made this last night. It was so tasty, much more flavour than other paellas I have tried in the past. Yum yum!
lozachops 2 years ago
Next time, I will add the mussels later, they were completely dried out. Other than that, wonderful recipe!
misterfrost 3 years ago
Mussels were overcooked. I'll add them later next time.
PlasticDub 3 years ago
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promfh 8 years ago
The key to Paella is 'Put what you've got ... in the pot' Seafood, Sausage, Chicken, Rabbit, it's all good. [I posted this recipe.]
promfh 8 years ago
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