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Spanish Seafood Paella

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This is an authentic Spanish Paella. I've made paella over a hundred times in Spain. Now it's your turn!
Ingredients
  Extra virgin olive oil 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Onion 2 Cup (32 tbs), diced
  Red pepper 1 Cup (16 tbs), seeded and diced
  Garlic 2 Tablespoon, diced
  Green pepper 1 Cup (16 tbs), seeded and diced
  Squid 1 Pound, cleaned and sliced
  Tomatoes/Tomato paste 4 , skinned and diced
  Spanish saffron 2 Pinch
  Sherry 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Seafood stock/Chicken stock 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Medium grain rice 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Clams 1⁄2 Pound, cleaned
  Shrimp 12 Large, cleaned
  Scallops 1 Pound, cleaned
  Sweet peas 6 Ounce
  Lemon 2 , wedged
  Mussels 1 Pound, cleaned
  Red peppers 3 Ounce, roasted
  Salt and pepper To Taste, divided
Directions

MAKING
1. In a paella pan, pour in the extra virgin olive oil and stir in onion, both peppers and garlic.
2. Season with salt and sweat until translucent, about 10 minutes.
3. Season the squid with salt and add in to the onion mixture. Stir for a few seconds and add in the tomatoes.
4. Make a well into the pan and stir in the Spanish saffron. Mix with a spatula.
5. Pour in the sherry and reduce briefly. Followed by seafood stock and bring to a boil.
6. Add in the rice and let it cook for 9 minutes.
7. After 9 minutes, add in the clam to the rice. Season the shrimp and scallops with salt and add in to the rice mixture after 3 minutes.
8. Cook the paella for total 18 minutes. Add in the sweet peas and cover the rice. Let it rest for 5 minutes.

SERVING
9. Garnish the paella with lemon wedges and mussels and serve.

TIPS
Some people say the best part of the paella is the burned crispy part on the bottom. You can do this by turning up the heat during the last five minutes of cooking.
By adjusting the amount of stock in the recipe you can make a paella that has more broth or one that is a little drier. This recipe uses a ratio of a little less than 1-3. Or one part rice to three parts stock. Increase or decrease the amount of stock to your liking.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Spanish
Course: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
45 Minutes
Servings: 
12
Story
Paella is the famous Spanish saffron rice dish. It is typical in Valencia in northern Spain where they grow rice, but it can be found all over Spain. For some reason it just tastes better when you are on the beach, but so do a lot of things. Paella is mostly made as a “Paella Mixta” or mixed paella, which means it has meat and seafood. This recipe only has seafood but if you wanted you could add some meat or chicken. Paella can be served as a tapa or entrée from 2-200 people, that’s why it’s fun to have a big party with tons of food and the paella as the centerpiece. This paella is even better than many paellas you can find in Spain, as many paellas there don’t even have a strand of saffron in them. Saffron is very expensive, the most expensive spice in the world! Many restaurants and bars use “colorante” or a coloring that gives the rice the typical orange color you would get from the saffron, but none of the flavor or aroma. Spaniards even call this coloring “Azafran” or saffron, it is used so much as a substitute. Paella is an unstirred rice dish, which is why it is cooked in special pans that are wide and shallow, so all the rice gets cooked evenly. You can make delicious paella without these pans for about 2-6 people at home, but anything more and you might want to invest in a pan or two. Paella is also cooked either over hot coals, or on a paella burner. The paella burner is different from a regular burner in that it has hundreds of holes for the gas to escape so the rice is cooked evenly all around and there are no hot spots. I have made several paellas on regular gas stove burners with great results so give it a try.
Subtitle: 
Spanish Saffron Rice with Seafood
Here is a great recipe for all of you, who loves to eat authentic paella. Traditional paella is prepared by adding plenty of seafood, which actually enhances the flavor. Watch this video and try your hand to cook this by yourself. Serve a delicious Spanish meal this weekend to your family.

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Anonymous's picture
***** best recipe! I have made this recipe a lot of times! Very well explained and tast DELICIOUS!!! Thank you very much ***** I give 10 stars