Apr 01, 2011 3:37 AM GMT
Hey guys, I'm looking for a good paella recipe to try. Any suggestions?
Hatter saidHey guys, I'm looking for a good paella recipe to try. Any suggestions?
MuchMoreThanMuscle saidBlackbeltguy said
USE CHICKEN BROTH INSTEAD OF WATER. and add saffron to the simmer point.
I also use just white meat chicken breasts.
I learned that all it really takes are these basic ingredients to make paella.
Short grain rice - (arborio rice is an acceptable substitute if you cannot find the proper short grain rice for paella). Do not use medium or long grain rice. The texture is not the same. If you want to go all out do a Google search and you can buy paella rice which is the ideal rice for making it and have it delivered to your home. Some stores that sell Goya "Valencia" style rice is also ideal and you may be able to find this at Mexican stores or in stores where they have Mexican food products. Just be sure it says "Valencia" on the package as Goya also sells medium and long grain rice. The short grain rice for paella is oval almost ball-like in shape. You will notice the difference after you see what I am talking about.
Broth - usually chicken or fish stock. Paella is not a paella unless the liquid is a base other than water.
Tomatoes - this is also a staple. And normally sauteed onions and garlic are typical stapes as well.
Saffron - the most expensive spice in the world and more expensive than gold or cocaine pound per pound. But you only need a small amount. To me saffron smells like high end Italian leather (but in an edible sense) and this is what gives the paella rice that golden/orange color. The flavor is amazing.
Olive oil (from Spain) - Do not use Italian, Greek or Tunisian olive oils. Buy olive oil from Spain. You should be able to tell the difference when doing a taste comparison. Italian olive oil has a grassier bitter flavor and is great for Italian dishes. Spanish olive oil has a fruitier and sweeter flavor and complements saffron perfectly. I had no idea there was a difference until I actually tried it. Spanish olive oil is the only oil I care to eat with french bread (served in restaurants).
These are the basic ingredients. You can be creative or follow a good recipe you got on the net or from a good cookbook. I cook all sorts of paellas for holidays with family and for friends' birthday dinners at my home and they love me for it.
Csrobbie2000 saidMy friend who is Cuban taught me how to make Paella once. He has a blog about it, and below is the link