Thursday, April 26, 2012

Simple Paella

Paella is a good dish to make if you have friends coming over because you can make it in large quantities.  Also, you don't have to cook too many side dishes- paella has it all: meat, rice, vegetables.

1/4 cup oil
1/2 chorizo package
1 cup rice
1 onion
1 jalapeno
2 garlic cloves
1 can tomatoes
3 cups chicken broth
1 cup mixed seafood medley
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp seasoning salt
salt and peppter to taste

You can really make paella with any kind of meet.  I've made it with chicken in he past and its quite good.  This time I tried chorizo and seafood medley.  

Start with heating the oil in the pan at medium heat.  Then stir in chorizo.  When it softens, add rice.  Stir constantly to prevent sticking to the pan.  

The rice will start changing the color to yellow and then add chopped onions, garlic and jalapeno.  Stir all together for another 3-5 minutes or untill onions become soft and translucent.  At this point you can season with salt, pepper, chilli powder or your favorite seasoning salt. But don't overdo it, you can always add more later.  

Stir your seasoning well, and add canned tomatoes all together with the juice.  When the mixture boils again, add the broth, lower the hear and cover.  Let it cook for about 20 minutes.  Do a taste test to see if you added enough salt and seasoning.  Don't wait till the end because you don't want to stir up your paella at the end.  When the liquids are almost gone, stir in seafood medley and cover again to allow it to cook for another 5 minutes.  

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