HME At Home: Paella

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I love Spanish food. I love tomato flavours, olives, smokey paprika and the combination of chicken and seafood. This dish is a some-what of an ‘anything goes’ as it is a dish that is made from inspiration rather than a recipe. When I find myself cooking at home, dinner in particular, I want something that is one pan and easy, although there are some times I want to challenge myself. This dish is also a great family dish as it is easy to put in the middle of the table with a baguette being broken as it is passed around. Like any recipe, this one is easy enough to alter to what you like.

Paella is Spain’s national dish with the original recipe consisting of chicken or rabbit, white beans, rice and saffron and rosemary. Over the course of hundreds of years different types of Paella were created from different regions of Spain. As I have observed, Seafood Paella is most loved amongst Australia, serving it in various restaurants, markets and now food trucks.

Here is my take on the Mixed Paella, or ‘Paella Mixta’ (Seafood and Chicken)

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Onion, Fine Diced
  • 2 Garlic, Crushed
  • 1 Red Capsicum, Diced
  • 1/2 cup Pitted Kalamata Olives, Halved
  • 1 Chorizo, Sliced
  • 1/4 Peas
  • 200g Seafood Mix (Or you can just use prawns)
  • 200g Chicken Thigh, Diced
  • 1 Tin Cannelloni Beans
  • 1 Tin Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 Tbsp Cumin
  • 1 1/2 Cups Paella Rice/Arborio Rice
  • 1 Lt Chicken Stock
  • Salt and Pepper

METHOD

  1. In a pan sweat onions, garlic and capsicums off with spices.
  2. Add olives, chorizo, seafood and chicken.
  3. Add some oil and the rice and cook the rice for a minute.
  4. Add the tomato paste and cook for a further minute.
  5. Add diced tomatoes and half chicken stock
  6. Once the rice has obsorbed the liquid add half the remaining stock, wait for it to absorb then add remaining stock and drained cannalloni beans.
  7. If rice is still not cooked add some water until it is cooked.
  8. Stir through peas and cook for 2 minutes.
  9. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, paprika and cumin if it needs.
  10. Serve and enjoy!
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