Easy Spanish Chicken, Duck Sausage and Seafood Paella
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A few weeks ago, my local Kroger had a “Taste of Spain” event and for the first time they were selling paella kits. I was so excited to see the “paelleras” displayed as soon as you entered the store, because for the longest time, I've been wanting to make Spain's most famous dish: that sumptuous combination of saffron rice, chicken and shellfish known as paella. I mean, coming from a Puerto Rican household were rice is part of our daily diet, I questioned how complicated could it really be?
The reality is that making Spanish paella sounds easy, but it takes a bit of practice to master. Making paella is similar in concept to risotto, but with the added bonus that the trick is not to stir the rice. Cooking a paella requires high heat for sautéing and then moderate to low heat for simmering. The flavor base of the paella, sofrito is traditionally a mixture of onion, garlic and fresh grated tomato. Make sure it's well cooked to give the paella a rich deep flavor. Paellas need to be cooked with a good amount of oil. The oil helps keep the starchy rice grains separate and carries the flavors of the sofrito through the dish. If you are using an electric cooktop or if your burner is too small your paella could tend to cook more on one side than the other, so if this is the case, you must rotate the pan for even cooking or finished it in the oven.