Week 4: Bienvenidos a Espana!
I got this recipe from a great blog at www.simplespanishfood.com and have changed a few ingredients to match what we had on hand but there are lots of great recipes to check out, including what I take to be the traditional seafood paella. My family doesn't eat a lot of seafood, I know it's good for you but it is a taste I never really acquired and I'm afraid I'm passing that on to my kids, so we made a vegetable paella. I'm not sure of the origin of the dish but it's delicious and I'm sure if you like seafood that version is good too.
For the recipe you will need:
- 1/4 - 1/3 c olive oil (I was out -used canola)
- 1 c spanish rice or Italian arborio (could only find arborio)
- 2 - 2 1/2 c hot water
- 2 medium zucchini cut in small wedges
- 1 onion cut into teeny-tiny bits so my hubby wouldn't see
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 1/3 c chopped italian parsley
- handful of cherry tomatoes or one large cut up
- sm. pinch saffron ground with a little salt
- 1 t pimenton- look in the spice section, it's there. Spanish paprika- I had pimenton ahumado which is smoked -yum!
- 1 t salt
- 1/4 c roasted red pepper, piquillo peppers or pimentoes
2. Add rice and stir well to get rice coated with the oil. Let the rice cook a few minutes then add pimenton (careful it burns easily)
3. Add 2 cups of hot water, saffron and salt. Stir, let come to a boil and turn down heat to Medium. Let rice simmer 20 minutes stirring occassionally. Check to see that it's not burning on bottom (add more water if needed).
4. Remove from heat and let rest for 10 minutes. Apparently this is an important step! Garnish with a little parsley and some peppers.
This was really, really good :) My husband even ate it and it had 2 ingredients he hates = onions and peppers! The kids tried it but didn't really like it too much (they prefer soy sauce on their rice). I think with some chorizo cooked into it it would be a great one-dish meal...I'm keeping this recipe nearby because as the next picture will show - it was a hit!!