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Summer Paella

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Ingredients
  Mussels in shells 1 Pound (450 gram)
  Chicken stock 2 Pint (1.2 liters / 5 cups)
  Chicken 2 3⁄4 Pound, jointed into 6 pieces (1.25 kilogram)
  Salt To Taste
  Freshly ground black pepper To Taste
  Olive oil 90 Milliliter (6 tablespoon)
  Spanish onion 1 , finely chopped
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm), crushed
  Baby squid 4 , cleaned and sliced into rings
  Risotto rice 450 Gram
  Paprika 15 Milliliter (1 tablespoon)
  Bay leaf 1 Teaspoon
  Red pepper 1 , sliced
  Green pepper 1 , sliced
  Tomatoes 4 , skinned and chopped
  Shelled peas 4 Ounce (100 gram, frozen or fresh)
  Prawns 12 , unpeeled
  Black olives 6
  Lemon wedges 4 (for garnish)
  Chopped parsley 1 Tablespoon (for garnish)
Directions

Scrub the mussels, discarding any that are damaged or won't close when sharply tapped.
Remove the beards.
Place in a saucepan with half the stock.
Bring to the boil, cover and cook for a few minutes, shaking the pan occasionally until the mussels have opened.
Leave to cool.
Wipe the chicken and season with a little salt and pepper.
Heat the oil in a large paella pan or frying pan (skillet).
Fry (saute) the chicken on all sides to brown.
Reduce the heat and cook for a further 10 minutes.
Remove from the pan.
Add the onion and garlic and fry for 2 minutes until slightly softened.
Add the squid and cook for I minute.
Stir in the rice and cook, stirring, for 1 minute until coated with oil.
Strain the mussel liquor into the pan and add the remaining stock.
Stir in the paprika, saffron and bay leaf.
Return the chicken to the pan.
Bring to the boil, cover with a lid or foil, reduce the heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes.
Add the peppers, tomatoes and peas and cook for a further 10 minutes until the rice has absorbed nearly all the liquid and is just tender, and the chicken is cooked through.
Season to taste and stir gently.
Remove from the heat.
Leave to cool and then turn into a large airtight container.
Add the mussels still in their shells (or break off the top shells, if liked).
Add the prawns and olives.
Cover and chill until ready to transport.
Wash the paella pan, if used, and take with you or pack a large shallow serving dish.
To serve, take the prawns and olives off the top.
Turn the mixture into the paella pan or serving dish, making sure that some of the mussels are sitting on the top.
Arrange the prawns and olives around.
Garnish with lemon wedges and sprinkle with parsley.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Side Dish
Interest: 
Summer

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