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favourite paella

13 Aug


http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/seafood-recipes/my-favourite-paella

serves 4-6
ingredients

• olive oil
• 2 raw chorizo sausages
(approximately 250g in
total), thickly sliced
• 300g pork belly, skin
removed, the best quality
you can afford, cut into
1cm pieces
• 1 green pepper, deseeded
and roughly chopped
• 1 red pepper, deseeded
and roughly chopped
• 5 cloves of garlic, peeled
and roughly chopped
• 1 onion, peeled and
roughly chopped
• a small bunch of fresh
flat-leaf parsley, leaves
picked and roughly chopped,
stalks finely chopped
• sea salt and freshly ground
black pepper
• a good pinch of saffron
• 400g clams or mussels,
scrubbed clean and debearded
• 300g paella rice
• 200g jarred red peppers in oil,
drained and torn into pieces
• 1 x 400g tin of
chopped tomatoes
• 1 litre chicken or vegetable
stock, preferably organic
• 12 large prawns, shells on
• 150g squid, cleaned and
finely sliced
• 150g green beans, sliced
very thinly at an angle
• 1 lemon, cut into wedges

Without question this is one of Spain’s hero dishes. Although incredibly flexible and delicious, it was never intended to be as visual and flamboyant a dish as it is. It was invented by farmers, grabbing whatever bits of meat, veg and fish they had available to them and using rice to bring it all together. Over time it’s been refined and claimed by all sorts of people around Spain as their own. That’s the
great thing about paella, you can make it your own by taking the principle of it and adjusting it to embrace whatever ingredients are in season and around you.

Heat a large wide-based pan over a medium heat and add a lug of olive oil, the sliced chorizo and the pork belly. Fry for around 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. As soon as the chorizo starts taking on colour and the fat is beginning to cook out of it, add the chopped peppers, garlic, onion and parsley stalks along with a good pinch of salt and pepper and the saffron. Fry gently for another 10 minutes, or until the vegetables have begun to soften. Meanwhile pick through the shellfish and get
rid of any clams or mussels that aren’t tightly closed.

Add the rice and jarred peppers and keep stirring for a few minutes until the rice is coated in all the lovely flavours, then pour in the tinned tomatoes and 800ml of stock, seasoning again with salt and pepper. Bring everything to the boil, then turn down to a medium to low heat and stir constantly for about 15 minutes. This combination of flavours will be absolutely beautiful, but you’ve got to help the dish along by doing your job and making sure each grain of rice gets the same amount of love. So every now and then, stir from the outside of the pan into the middle so you get a sort of pile of rice in the centre, making sure nothing is sticking to the bottom. Flatten the pile out with your spoon, then start the whole process again.

After 15 minutes the rice should be cooked, but still have a bit of a bite, so add the mussels or clams and the prawns. You may want to add an extra splash of stock here if the rice looks a bit dry. Keep stirring, and as the clams and mussels start to open and the prawns begin to turn pink, add your squid and green beans and cook for a further 5 minutes or so. Discard any clams or mussels that don’t open. Stir in the chopped parsley leaves and the juice from half your lemon wedges, and bring to the table with the remaining lemon wedges on the side.

The ultimate paella

13 Aug

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/jamie-oliver/the-ultimate-paella-recipe/index.html
Try to get as much shellfish as you can to make it even more authentic. Chicken stock is great for the flavor. Add it gradually, as you would a risotto. You may need more or less depending on the rice, so just keep adding and use your judgement.
serves 4
Ingredients
1 medium organic chicken, jointed
’00’ flour or plain flour, for dusting chicken
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 chorizo sausage, sliced at an angle, 1/4-inch-thick
6 slices pancetta, rind removed
1 onion, finely diced
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 to 3 large pinches saffron, infused in a little of the hot stock
3 1/2 pints (2 liters) chicken stock
1 heaped teaspoon smoked paprika
1 pound 1-ounce (500 grams) paella rice
1 small bunch flat-leaf parsley
1 handful fresh peas
1 pound 1-ounce (500 grams) mussels
8 to10 large prawns, shells and veins removed
2 small squid, trimmed, gutted and cut open, then scored lightly in a criss-cross fashion and cut in to small pieces
1 lemon
Directions
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F (190 degrees C/gas 5.) Remove the end bits of bone from the chicken legs, then cut them in half. Cut the chicken breasts in half. Coat all the chicken pieces with flour and salt and pepper. Put some oil in a hot large flat pan and brown the chicken legs and thighs, skin side down, turning them to brown them all over. Transfer them to a small roasting tray and continue to cook in the preheated oven for 30 minutes

Add the chicken fillets to the pan and let them brown, then add the chorizo slices. Lay the slices of pancetta over the top. Once crisp, turn the heat down, add the onion and garlic to the pan, and allow to soften. Pour the infused saffron and some of the stock into the pan, and add the smoked paprika and rice, stirring continuously.

Finely chop the parsley stalks and add to the pan. When the rice is almost cooked, add the peas, mussels, prawns and squid, adding more stock if necessary. Cover the pan with foil. When the chicken is cooked, add it to the pan, then add a large handful of chopped parsley leaves. Check the seasoning. Cut the lemon into wedges, place around the edge of the pan, and serve.