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Where To Buy Paella

Printed inside the front cover of Jos\u00e9 Andr\u00e9s\u2019s cookbook Made in Spain is the line: \u201cI won\u2019t be happy until there is a paella pan on every backyard grill in America.\u201d While it certainly isn\u2019t an easy dish, Andr\u00e9s believes paella can\u2014and should\u2014be made and enjoyed at home.At his flagship Spanish restaurant, Jaleo, in Washington, D.C., paellas for a crowd are made to order and served tableside. The Bethesda location also offers public and private classes to teach guests how to prepare the classic dish for themselves.Though Daniel Lugo, head chef of the Bethesda Jaleo, is Puerto Rican with Spanish heritage, he credits Andr\u00e9s with teaching him about paella while working at the now-shuttered Mi Casa in Puerto Rico. \u201cThat\u2019s when I truly learned the art of cooking paella,\" he says. \"Trust me, I thought I knew how to cook paella.\u201dHere, he shares some of the expertise he's gained over the years.

where to buy paella


In a 13-inch paella pan, heat the extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the squash to the pan and brown it on all sides. Add the squash and cauliflower and cook for another 2-3 minutes, then add the mushrooms and garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Stir in the diced tomatoes and the sofrito and cook for a minute, then add the white wine and reduce everything by half.

Our family make sure to cook paella during the holidays. This delicious seafood paella was prepared by my wife, Dey. I know that sometimes pictures might be intimidating, but we are confident that with a little practice and having all the ingredients available, you too can create this gastronomic masterpiece.

I must say that I really love seafood paella with Chardonnay. I think that these two make a perfect pair. Having the entire family around to share our blessings is priceless. I just hope that it will always be this way every year.

We will need to partially cook the shrimp and squid with oil in order for the oil to absorb the flavor from these ingredient. Simple heat the remaining olive oil in your paella pan and pan fry the shrimp and squid quickly. Remove the seafood once done and set these aside.

Next is to saute the onion and tomato until it gets soft. The green peas gets added after this step along with the garlic and parsley mixture that you prepared initially. I also add the clam juice and water right away and let the entire mixture boil. The clam juice can be purchased in the supermarket. It is usually in the seafood aisle along area where the canned fish are located. These are usually packaged in bottles.

When the mixture starts to boil, this is your indicator to add the saffron and rice. Saffron is a very important ingredient for paella. It will be worth every penny that you spent. I suggest using the best quality saffron that you can get. You will save money if you buy in bulk. Unlike other ingredients, for saffron I consider 1 ounce to be a bulk because of the price. As for the rice, Calasparra rice is what I prefer.

Once the rice in place, cover the pan and cook until the rice gets partially cooked. Arrange the shrimp, squid, clams, and mussels on top. Cover to let the rice cook completely. Arrange the lemon wedges and you are done with your masterpiece. You might also want to see our other seafood paella recipe known as Paella Marinera.

My goal with this paella recipe was to use the tutelage I received while living in Madrid to create a traditional Spanish paella that anyone can make (and without special equipment, like a paella pan). After lots of trial and error, I am so excited to share everything I know and have learned about making Paella, as authentically and practically for the home cook, as possible.

5. Cook uncovered: Cook paella uncovered for 15-18 minutes, then nestle the shrimp, mussels and calamari into the mixture, sprinkle peas on top and continue to cook (without stirring) for about 5 more minutes. Watch for most of the liquid to be absorbed and the rice at the top nearly tender. (If for some reason your rice is still uncooked, add cup more water or broth and continue cooking).

No, you can us a regular large skillet to make Paella (I use a 122 inch skillet and this recipe fills it to the brim). Traditional paella is cooked in a large paella pan because it allow the rice to be spread out into a thin layer and cook more evenly.

If there's one thing you need to eat in Spain, it's paella. And that's exactly what I planned to do once I got to Valencia during my recent trip to Europe -- eat all the paella I could get my hands on. After all, paella originated in Valencia; hence the fact that most recipes call for Valencia rice, a short-grain white rice from the same area.

Unfortunately, my trip to Valencia succumbed to the whims of the mercurial travel gods, and I ended up spending an entire week in Barcelona instead. Not one to be dissuaded from my dream meal, I was determined to have my paella anyways, even if it could only be had a few hours north of where it originated. I set about the gorgeous city of Barcelona to find the perfect place to eat, but noticed a problem right away: many different restaurants had these funny signs with ten or so photos of paella, all labeled with a brand name: Paellador. Others had a difference brand, Paella Maxima. As one who likes my food so fresh that it would almost be breathing, my foodie-tuned spidey sense went off.

After a little digging, it turns out that these are pre-fab frozen paella companies. Restaurants buy the dishes frozen, then heat up the paella to serve to customers, who think they're getting the real thing. Um, no. No. Great big capital NO. Frozen paella? In Spain? Are you kidding me?

I polled the staff of a few restaurants and eventually turned up a handful of places that served fresh paella. I ate at three or four of them, and indeed the dishes they served were freshly made with some of the finest seafood the Aegean sea has to offer. I never did try the frozen paella, and you know what? I never will. Yikes.

For those of you not currently cooling your heels in Barcelona, I recommend making paella at home. It's a very simple dish to make, and the ingredients are easy to rustle up. If you're in the East Bay or near Mill Valley, I highly recommend making the short trek down to your local Spanish Table shop, where they not only stock Iberian imported foods, but they can also school you in the magical ways of paella making and recommend a Spanish wine to pair with your meat selection. Can you say staycation? 041b061a72


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