Start with a good amount of olive oil in the pan and heat it up on the grill. Dan actually chopped as he went, in the yard, on a prep board. All these ingredients are very loose, so make this easy on yourself! The important thing is that the flavors are supposed to meld with each other.
Chopped Onion and your choice of a colored pepper and stir, then add chopped garlic on top of that so it doesn’t burn.
After a few minutes, add cubed Chorizo. I went to the Basque Market and bought their recommendation of a Chorizo that looks like a salami.
Chopped Pimento. He added a 32 oz can for his 50 servings. When I made mine for 6, I used about 1/2 cup. Cook a bit.
Spanish Rice (I used 3 cups for my six servings)
Saffron (Key Ingredient- This is part of what makes it Spanish and gives it great flavor)
A bit of smoked Paprika
HOT CHICKEN BROTH - I used about 6-7 cups of broth, but added about 1/2 cup white wine to the broth. You will add the hot broth in parts because you will cook this sort of like a risotto . Let the rice absorb the broth, then add more. About half way through the process, add the rest of the broth, and the rest of your ingredients:
Frozen Peas, plain or with carrots
Clams, on end
You can also use:
(I just didn’t have these on hand, and really it doesn’t matter so much. When Dan told us that he has about 200 different paella recipes, it completely freed me of my preconceived notions- Whew!)
ONCE YOU PUT THE SEAFOOD IN, DON’T TOUCH IT!!!! Simmer it until the rice is done, uncovered- about an hour.
This is a fabulous dish for entertaining because you can put everything in the dish while everyone is sitting on the patio with a glass of wine, and they can watch!
My Paella is here.......The one in the picture above is Dan’s. Because it was a stormy day, and because I didn’t know any better, I made mine on the stove. I would recommend doing on the BBQ at a very low setting because the stove burners are not as big as the pan. You can see that the mussels add some additional color, but ours was really delicious as well. Serve it with a salad and some great bread.
Most of all- HAVE FUN...