Seafood Paella ……Easy. Simple. Done.

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Seafood Paella ……Easy. Simple. Done.

Enjoy this classic Spanish dish on a cool fall day. All  the flavors pull together to make this hart warming one pot dish an instant flamily favorite.

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Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pimentón dulce (or sweet paprika)
  • A pinch of saffron threads
  • 4 cleaned small squid, bodies sliced into 1/4-inch-wide rings, tentacles left whole
  • 2 c medium-grain Spanish paella rice or risotto rice, such as Arborio or Carnaroli
  • 3 c fish or chicken stock, plus more if needed
  • 1 c dry white wine
  • 12 ea jumbo shrimp in their shells
  • 16 ea mussels, scrubbed and debearded
  • 16 small manila clams, scrubbed

Method

  1. Saute the onion in the olive oil in a 16-inch paella pan on medium heat until soft, stirring often.
  2. Stir in the garlic, and before it begins to color, add the tomatoes.
  3. Add the sugar, salt to taste, pimentón (or paprika), and saffron, stir well, and cook until the tomatoes are reduced to a jammy sauce.
  4. Bring to a very slow boil and add the squid and cook, stirring, for a minute or so.
  5. Add the rice and stir well until all the grains are coated. (You can prepare the dish to this point up to an hour in advance.)
  6. Bring the stock and wine to a boil in a saucepan.
  7. Pour over the rice, bring to a boil, and add salt to taste (even if the broth tastes a bit salty, it will not be salty when it is absorbed by the rice).
  8. Stir well and spread the rice out evenly in the pan (do not stir again).
  9. Cook the rice over low heat for 18 to 20 minutes, moving the pan around and rotating it so that the rice cooks evenly.
  10. Lay the shrimp on top after 10 minutes and turn them when they have become pink on the first side.
  11. Add a little more hot stock toward the end if the rice seems too dry and you hear crackly frying noises before it is done.
  12. When the rice is done, turn off the heat and cover the pan with a large piece of foil.
  13. Steam the mussels in ¼ cup of water in a pan with a tight-fitting lid. As soon as they open, they are cooked. Steam clams the same way.

When ready to plate, spoon some rice into the center of each plate or bowl. Evenly divide the mussels, clams, shrimp and squid into each vessel along with any juice.

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Chef Eric

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