Quick and Easy Paella
Chef John pares down classic paella and focuses on technique with his recipe for the famous Spanish dish of saffron rice with chorizo and shrimp.
In this version of the classic Spanish dish, chicken, chorizo sausage, and shrimp combine with rice simmered in broth and flavored with saffron threads, garlic, onions, red pepper flakes, paprika, and bay leaf.
I don't think I have ever made a dish in my life more perfect. I am a man. I was single for 40 years before I met my wife. I made what sounded good to me. I am 60 years old. before my wife had a stroke 8 years ago we took turns, I cooked the meals half the time. I have cooked all the meals since then. The meals that count, that I can take some time with are usually Sunday night. The store I shop at doesn't sell Saffron, I had to go to a second store to get the saffron. I couldn't fine the arborior rice so I used Jasmine rice. I have never cooked with saffron or used the shrimp shells to make a stock. I make decent meals every day but this was off the charts . Thank you.
Saffron-seasoned rice cooked with chicken, chorizo, and seafood is one of the reasons why paella is one of the quintessential dishes from Spain.
A very traditional paella, garnished with chorizo, chicken, peas, squid, mussels, and shrimp. Spanish Chorizo is a smoked sausage with a different flavor than Mexican chorizo. A paella pan is recommended for this recipe.
I lived in Spain for two years where I was taught the art of making the Paella which originated in Valencia. I haven't found anything on here which is even close to authentic, so I thought I would add this recipe for those who would like to try a taste of Spain.