This is a Spanish cuisine with the recipe I get from saveur.com a couple of years ago, and I adapted the dish with my own taste and prefer of the meat or seafood. The beauty of paella is that it can totally  customize freely to make this dish vegetarian, all seafood, or all meats. This dish provides lots of room for chef to many possible imagination.It quite fun to experiment it with different types of ingredients, but no matter how much I experiment with it, I will still wanted the taste of the paella as much as close to the original.

Ingredients (Serves 6 – 8 or 3 hungry people)

  • 30 threads saffron, crushed (a scant 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 10 – 12 large shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • fresh chorizo, removed from casting & crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 medium tomatoes, minced or grated on the largest holes of a box grater (discard the skin)
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 7 cups chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 cups short-grain rice, preferably Valencia or bomba
  • 1 red pepper sliced into 1 inch strips
  • 12 clams

Instructions

  1. Put saffron and 1/4 cup hot water in a small bowl, let sit for 15 minutes. Season chicken and shrimp with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a 16″ – 18″ paella pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken, shrimp, and chorizo and cook, turning occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes.
  2. Transfer shrimp to a plate, leaving meats in pan. Add paprika, garlic, tomatoes, and onions to pan and cook, stirring often, until onions soften, about 6 minutes. Add reserved saffron mixture and broth, season with salt, and bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. Sprinkle in rice, distribute evenly with a spoon, and add peppers. Cook, without stirring, until rice has absorbed most of the liquid, 12 – 15 minutes. (if your pam is larger than the burner, rotate it every two minutes so different parts are over the heat and the rice cooks evenly.) Reduce heat to low, add reserved shrimp, and nestle in clams hinge side down; cook, without stirring, until clams have opened and rice has absorbed the liquid and is al dente, 5 – 10 minutes more. Turn heat to high for 1 – 2 minutes to create the socarrat. Remove pan from heat, cover with aluminum foil, and let sit for 5 minutes before enjoying.

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