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  1. Saffron Rice (brown basmati)
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  3. Lamb Pilaf (brown basmati)
  4. Mujadara (Mujaddara, Moujaddra) (brown or white basmati rice)
  5. Vegetarian Fried Rice (brown basmati rice)
  6. Vegetarian (Vegan) Paella (short grain rice)
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  8. Summer Garden Paella (white basmati)
  9. Jalapeno Rice (white basmati)
  10. Spicy Wild Rice
  11. Basic Wild Rice
  12. Fideos & White Basmati Rice
  13. Rice on the Side (brown basmati)
  14. Spanish Rice (jasmine)
  15. Favas with Lamb and Rice (white basmati)
  16. Green Chile Rice (white long grain)
  17. Green Risotto (white basmati)
  18. Risotto with Peas & Prosciutto (arborio)
  19. Sausage Risotto with Chard (white basmati)
  20. Risotto with Green Peas & Bacon (jasmine rice)
  21. Easy Risotto (white short grain)
  22. Basmati Risotto (white basmati)
  23. Traditional Risotto (white short grain)
  24. Seafood Paella (white short grain)
  25. Traditional Spanish Paella (white short grain)

Traditional Spanish Paella

Spanish Paella
Photo courtesy Steve & Kathy Reese

This is wonderful for large dinner parties or special occasions. You can even keep rolling them out for large parties. The key to making this dish turn out is to have all your ingredients prepared and measured in advance.

If you use Spanish Chorizo and authentic Spanish ham, you'll find the flavors more accurate. Regardless, this feeds a crowd and is especially satisfying. Here is a link to spanish sausages and hams

1 cup water
1 tsp saffron threads
6 cups chicken broth

Mixed Seafood - calamari, cuttlefish, mussels, clams, etc.
Mixed Meats - chicken, pork, Spanish ham or Prosciutto, etc.
Mixed Vegetables - Asparagus, Green Beans, Zucchini, etc.
Or a combination of the above (traditional festival style)

1 prawn (unpeeled, whole if possible) per person
2 Portugese Hot Chorizo sausages (1 lb.), cut in 1/2 inch pieces

1 tbl olive oil
2 cups finely chopped onions
1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
2+/- cups diced fresh or (14 oz. can) Muir Glen Organic tomatoes
1 tsp sweet paprika
1 cup chopped, fresh Italian parsley
1 tbl or so lemon zest (from one lemon)
6-8 large garlic cloves, minced
3 cups Valencia or Arborio rice (short grain starchy rice)
1 cup frozen green peas
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice and lemon wedges*
  • Combine water, saffron and broth in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer, don't boil. Keep warm.
  • Heat olive oil in a large paella pan or very large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chorizo and meats and saute until lightly browned, about 2 minutes per side. (this can be done in batches if necessary)
  • Remove meats to a bowl to retain all juices.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Add onion and bell pepper. Cook until softened, stirring occasionally.
  • Add tomatoes, garlic and paprika and cook briefly, until aroma is fully developed.
  • Add rice and stir to coat thoroughly.
  • Stir in broth, parsley and lemon zest; bring to a low boil
  • Add meats and seafood (such as calamari, cuttlefish) based on cook time required - cook, stirring occasionally.
  • If using shellfish, add to pan, nestling them hinge down into the rice. Cook until shells open. Discard any unopened.
  • If using vegetables add to pan according to cooking time required
  • Add whole shrimp (heads down) and peas. Continue cooking until shrimp and rice are done.
  • Sprinkle with lemon juice and remove from heat. Cover with a towel and let stand for 10 minutes.

    Serve with lemon wedges* if desired.

    This quantity is good for 10-12 people with accompaniments. You can reduce the amount of rice to 2 cups (change liquid to 4 cups broth and 1/2 cup water) and choose only 1 or 2 meats/veg to serve 6 people. Serve with a large spanish green salad and gazpacho.

    This is traditionally cooked in a Paella pan, which you can purchase at any cookware store. It requires a very large, flat pan in order to cook the rice properly. I use my 16.5 inch Paella pan spanning two burners on the cooktop. I got my pan in Spain and it is the Carbon Steel version.
    Here is a link to pans and also here

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