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Old 07-10-2007, 08:10 PM   #1
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ISO Paella Recipe

Some friends and I are scheduled to make some paella next week and I need to come up with a really good recipe since I'll be hosting this time around. Does anyone have any recipes for paella? Are mussels and calamari a must have in paella? Thanks.

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Old 07-10-2007, 09:49 PM   #2
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Dina, I hope someone has a good recipe. I'd like to try it too.
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Old 07-10-2007, 10:58 PM   #3
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I don’t know if this qualifies as classic paella, but it is a dish we enjoy at my house.
Obviously you can double the recipe or whatever you need to do. The secret/key is the shrimp stock/broth. The richer it is the better the dish will be.

½ cup of olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
3 cloves garlic, crushed
A good pinch of saffron
2 or 3 bay leaves
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon Tabasco or to taste
2 cups Shrimp broth
1 cup uncooked rice
1 1/2 pound shrimp head on if possible
½ cup dry white wine your favorite
1 cup fresh or frozen green peas, cooked


Heat the olive oil in a paella pan. Sauté onion and bell pepper until limp. Add tomatoes, garlic, saffron, bay leaf, salt/pepper and Tabasco. Cover and cook about 5 minutes.

To make shrimp broth, take heads/shells and cover with water, Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain.

Add Shrimp broth and rice to sautéed vegetable mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and cook about 20 minutes, or until rice is done. Add shrimp, green peas, and continue to cook a few minutes or until shrimp are opaque. Sprinkle with wine, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes.

Have fun and Enjoy!
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Old 07-11-2007, 09:12 AM   #4
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Thank you Bob. This one sounds great. I will try the shrimp stock for extra flavor.
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Dina,
If you are looking for the most traditional Spanish paella... a la Valenciana (with chicken and rabbit), let me know.
Here is the link, is in Spanish but if you need it, I can translate it for you.

La paella : introducción

Buen provecho!
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Old 07-12-2007, 01:19 AM   #6
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Thank you for the link. I speak and read Spanish so no need for translation; thank you though. That is so nice of you. The recipe sounds delicious!
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I am glad it helped you Dina, you will be able to find other paellas but this is the original from Valencia. The seafood version -similar to the one Bob posted- is the most popular and probably more suitable for summer.
The one with rabbit and chicken is great for winter time, specially when is raining (to cook and enjoy as a group).
I believe the website is entirely in Spanish, but if there are strange words, please check a Catalan-Spanish translator since Valencia speaks a derivative language or let me know. Have fun !
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Old 07-12-2007, 09:16 AM   #8
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Dina, while I have not tried these, they sure do look good:

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I have a recipe for an easy version. Will look through my recipes and see if I can find it.
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:17 AM   #9
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In this country in this age we buy ingedients for a dish, but in reality these dishes were created because of what was available: oil, garlic, rice, broth , tomatoes, saffron, thyme, from there...if on the coast add shellfish, squid, the ink even for a black paella. If inland, the fowl, the sausage, and perhaps more veggies. etc.

It is such a great dish and one you can begin to personalize. A Spanish neighbor of ours taught us the tradition and said make it your own as you like it because they always did! Enjoy
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:20 AM   #10
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I vaguely remember a Paella making party we had in college. The dish
turned out great... I think! ;) Lots of Sangria went into the chefs.

Think I might have to give it a try again sometime, without the gallons
of Sangria. :)
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