Got to make a Paella on Friday evening….
Made one a few weeks ago and thought it was great just by following the recipe on the back of the Asda packet of paella rice! (to the letter.)
Any other tips ?
Basically the asda recipe was chicken stock, rice, seafood, bit of saffron touch of paprika, tin of tomatos, some garlic and so onPosted 8 years agoboobsMember
a jar of pimento (roasted pepper with the skin removed) and prawns right at the end. A bloke I knew used to burn the bottom of it a bit at the end then mix it all in. Oh and a bulb of garlic in the middle to make it look nice. (cooks with the Paella and comes out all soft)Posted 8 years agochakapingSubscriber
For me it’s all about the sofrito – which is the onion and pepper mixture you fry at the start. Get this lovely and brown, almost burned, and it’ll give you the depth of flavour you need for a good paella.
Also, I like to stick a couple of lemon wedges in with the stock.
And fresh parsley is important. As is pimenton dulce, proper smoked sweet paprika.
Broad beans go nice in paella too.Posted 8 years agogavinskiMember
Don’t skimp on the saffron – supposed to be the same price as gold (urban myth?) but since the rest of the dish is relatively cheap it’s not actually a big expense.
are you using smoked paprika? if not that’s worth a try – you can get sweet or hot types and both work well depending what you like.
I quite like mixing a bit of chorizo with a seafood Paella.
If you are in Edinburgh you should go to Lupe Pintos for all your paella needs – it’s overpriced, but they do actually know what they are talking about, and they stock a few things that you just can’t get anywhere else.Posted 8 years agogeetee1972Member
Second the Chorizo. Also, I like to use good quality chicken thighs, which I roast first before cutting up the meat and adding it to the paella. I also then add the juices to the stock. Are you taking your time to add the stock just a little at a time rather than adding it all at once? It’s very time consuming but it’s better that way.Posted 8 years agomogrimMember
Paella doesn’t have to be seafood, you can make it with rabbit and chicken for example.
My tip: don’t hurry it. Lots of stock, a hardish rice, and take time. Open a bottle of Ribera del Duero at the start to get you feeling all spanishy, and make sure you’re on the second before it’s done.Posted 8 years ago
Back in 2006 I went to a wedding in Spain – the reception was in the groom’s parents’ house on a hill with wonderful views down to the coast in the distance.
The wedding breakfast was paella (unsurprisingly). Each table had a huge pan of meat paella and another huge pan of seafood paella.
Imagine my joy when I was the only one on the table that liked seafood – I got the pick of all the wonderful shell on prawns, octopus, clams…..
MmmmmPosted 8 years agobiggulpMember
Perhaps it’s just me but I think Paella is overrated and more to do with where you ate it rather than what it tasted like. It’s just a simple rice based peasant dish with whatever meat/fish/shellfish you have lying around and nothing to get excited over. And it also takes about 3-4 hours to make properly.Posted 8 years ago
Depends on the chorizo as to whether it would overpower the seafood. I like the difference in texture it gives and it isn’t like you have to eat every mouthful of prawn with an equal measure of chorizo at the same time.
Not dissimilar to a Chinese special fried rice – full of chicken, char-sui pork and prawns. The char-sui totally overpowers prawns if eaten at the same time, but not if eaten separately.
But each to their own I guess.Posted 8 years ago
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