Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Chorizo Paella

Now that I'm back from a whirlwind trip to Miami for a dear friend's wedding I am able to devote a little more time to the amazing Spanish night my friends and I shared earlier this month. The catalyst for this entire event was my friend Nahir's confession that one of the two dishes she can make with confidence is paella.


Paella is a regional Spanish dish from Valencia along the Mediterranean coast. The name comes from the Catalan word for pan (derived from Latin) and may be made with meat (paella Valenciana), seafood (paella de marisco), or both (paella mixta). Originally a rustic country dish paella was commonly made with ingredients on hand - generally chicken, rabbit, snails, and vegetables. Along the coast, of course, shellfish and fish dominated in the dish.

Since Nahir is allergic to shellfish she makes this dish with chorizo. You can certainly substitute chicken thighs and rabbit if you prefer. This dish makes a great centerpiece to be served amidst a variety of Spanish inspired tapas such as our dinner party; or you can serve it as a stand-alone dish with a fresh salad such as a classic baby spinach salad with raisins and toasted pine nuts.

Our menu included:
Spanish meat and cheese tray with marinated olives and caramelized walnuts
Lamb stuffed dates with a picante roasted red pepper sauce
Brussel sprout and fennel salad with brown butter-parmesan dressing
Chorizo stuffed mushrooms
Brie en croute stuffed with bacon and walnuts
Bleu cheese crusted pork loin stuffed with prunes and onions
Orange and red onion salad with olives
Chorizo Paella
Fresh baby spinach dressed with a sherry and orange olive oil vinaigrette
Sweet potato muffins with dried cranberries
Guava and cream cheese bombs
Sangria. Lots and lots of sangria

Chorizo Paella ~ serves 4-6
1lb chorizo, sliced
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 cup parboiled long grain rice
2 cups chicken stock
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 gram saffron (about a pinch)
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1/2 cup frozen peas
Fresh thyme, to taste
Fresh parsley, to taste
Salt & pepper, to taste

Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add sliced chorizo and brown. Remove from pot and set aside. Add olive oil and chopped onion to the pot. Saute until translucent. Add rice to sauteed onion and combine well, coating the rice in the oil and toasting slightly.
Add the chorizo back to the rice and fold together. Add chicken stock and saffron. Bring to a boil. Once the stock is boiling, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until rice is tender (about 18 minutes).

Add halved grape tomatoes, frozen peas, fresh thyme, and finely chopped parsley.

Fluff together with a fork (a spoon will crush the rice). Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve hot.

Enjoy!

13 comments:

  1. That looks absolutely delicious! Welcome back from your trip and sine I'm also allergic to seafood and shellfish - I LOVE this recipe!

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  2. This looks so good!I love chorizo and paella. I especially love this because it is a paella without shellfish (which I am deathly allergic to). Winner.

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  3. Paella is definitely one of my favorite dishes. Looked like a fabulous menu!

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  4. I love paella and yours looks really delicious!

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  5. Awwww no shellfish? But the rice looks perfectly golden, and I bet the chorizo holds a nice punch. :)

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  6. I love paella and yours looks lovely. You're right. it makes for a lovely centerpiece. But no shellfish! I can't imagine being allergic to shellfish!

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  7. thanks for visiting this rice is amazing looking and colorful perfect for the holiday season!

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  8. Looks like you girls had a lot of great food! Paella is one of my favorite dishes. When I see it on a menu, I must order it! Yours looks awesome, and looks gorgeous on the table!

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  9. Yum! I've been wanting to make paella! This looks great! :) Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Pero que cosa tan sabrosa!! this looks so delicious! ole!

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