This weekend I had the pleasure of peeking behind the shoulder of one of my friends, Larissa, as she put together the most scrumptious paella from scratch. Larissa has an incredible passion and talent in food- and most times just puts something together sans recipe. So this time around I came over early to see how she puts it all together- she is a master entertainer, and this is a perfect meal you can put together whilst conversing with your guests.
Step 1: Put onion, garlic, green pepper and some olive oil on low heat into the paella pan and soften. Then add in chicken thighs and large chunks of bone-in chicken breasts. Season with salt and pepper.
Step 2: Add chorizo sausage, turmeric, paprika, and cover the bottom of the pan in some dry wine wine. (she used the Partage magnum featured in the top pictures!) Tear up some saffron and let it steep in a cup full of water. (also featured up top) When it’s relatively orange, add it to the pan too.
Step 3: Add some Italian style rice, we used 1.5 bags of the Unico brand, and mix everything around. Add more WINNNNE ! Also chop up some tomatoes and thow them in.
Step 4: Add add washed shrimps and frozen peas into the pan and add, yes again, MORE WINE ! Make sure during this whole process that you’re moving around the rice, and making sure that it doesn’t stick or burn to the bottom of the pan.
Step 5: Add this lovely pan of goodness to the oven! Keep checking the paella and taste the rice to make sure it’s cooked. This took about 20 mins, but I was drinking wine and socializing so don’t take my word for it it. Take it out of the oven and squeeze some lemon juice and add some chopped parsley. This dish could probably serve an army and it did.
So, I wouldn’t really call that a recipe, but more of an overview of paella making. I was surprised at how easy it was, and how inexpensive the ingredients were. To top everything off Larissa brought out this delectable treats: homemade ice cream sandwiches.