April 11, 2010

Paelle with Chorizo and Seafood

I am not a rice person. I love noodle instead. However, I do love "flavored" rice, fried rice, baked rice, risotto......and paella is one of my favorites.

This traditional Spanish dish carries bright and colorful presentation, thanks to the fresh seafood and meat. Plus it's actually not as much work as the lengthy ingredient list tells, and really well worth the effort. An easy task to make a big pot for a big party too. I found it also good the next day as well, maybe the seafood juice continues to infuse the dish.

(serves 6 persons)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 to 3 pieces Spanish Chorizo hot sausage, sliced
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cup arborio rice
1/2 cup white wine 
1 28-oz can tomato
3 cup warm chicken stock
1 tbsp dried herbs of your choice
1 lb shrimp, deveined
1 squid tube, cleaned and sliced
pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup frozen peas

In a large pan, brown sausages with olive oil over medium heat. Remove from pan and set aside.
Keep fat in pan. Sautee onion and garlic for 5 mins until onion turns pale gold, but not brown.
Add rice and wine, and stir for 2 mins. Add tomato, and keep stirring occasionally until 1/3 liquid is evaporated. Pour in 2 cups of chicken stock and herbs, cook uncovered until 1/2 liquid is absorbed by the rice. Add the remaining cup of chicken stock, stirring. Cover and simmer gently for about 15 mins.

Preheat oven to 400F.

Put chorizo slices into the rice. Tuck the shrimps and squid rings into the rice. Sprinkle salt and pepper on seafood with the peas. Place pan in oven to cook for 5 mins until shrimps become pink and squids is slightly brown at the edge.

Squeeze fresh lemon juice on top of each portion before serving.


Chow and Chatter said...

wow looks awesome

Karine said...

Oh that looks right up my alley! Yum seafood :)

Belinda @zomppa said...

Oh me me!!! Give me some!!!!!!!!!!

Kathleen said...

This sounds really delicious!

penny aka jeroxie said...

Love love it! looks so awesome.

MaryMoh said...

I love Spanish paella. Your paella looks very delicious. You have my favourite there...prawns....mmmm

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

That is such a pretty paella! It's got so many things that I love - I would certainly not turn this down!!

Kristin (KrisKishere) said...

That is beautiful. Yum!

Anncoo said...

This paella looks very beautiful and delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks great! I love paella, haven't had it in a very long time.

Angie's Recipes said...

Looks delicious. Love the seafood in paella!

sweetlife said...

just goregous..love paella


Anonymous said...

Super delicious with chorizo!

CheapAppetite said...

The photo rocks as usual! I love the repeating circular pattern of the squid rings, shrimp and even peas. I could eat this one with my eyes too:) Nice work!

Anonymous said...

Yum! Maybe, I'll make this tomorrow! ;-)


Joy said...

Oh man talk about a beautiful shot, very nice lululu!
The calamari looks so tender and the shrimp nice and plump .. yum yum yum!

Anna said...

Yummm, I love Paella, yours looks divine.

Anonymous said...

I got to make this. It tasted GREAT!


emiglia said...

I'm 100% with you on the rice/noodle debate--plain rice is boring, but "flavored" rice--risotto, paella, rice pudding... *swoon*. This looks delicious!