ˇ La Paella !
by guest writer, Ángeles Fernández
“Paella” - Rice… and Your Imagination!
This traditional Spanish recipe has now gone global!
Ok, first thing to do: Put the oil to heat in the frying pan. When it is hot (but not too hot), add the onion slices, chopped green pepper and diced tomato Remember, the oil doesn't have to be very hot as we want all these ingredients to fry on low heat. That way, when the onion has a transparent appearance, it will be ready.
Meanwhile, put the clams in water, and add some salt so they get clean. We also have to clean the mussels & prawns.
Cook the heads of prawns and reserve the broth.
When the fried onion & pepper are ready, add the clams (do not add the water!), mussels, prawns, squid, crayfish and conger Fry all until clams & mussels open.
Add some salt I add one pinch of salt per person, plus one more, but it all depends on your personal preference.
Then, add the rice and stir with a wooden spoon - so that the rice also gets fried and absorbs the flavors of all the ingredients. But be careful not to let it "toast".
Next, add some "paella coloring" or saffron and stir.
Now it is time to add the broth (hot but not boiling) and some extra water if needed Liquid should completely cover the ingredients. Let it cook over low heat.
VERY IMPORTANT: Don't stir from this moment on!
When 50% of the broth is remaining, add some peas and the slices of roasted red pepper.
After the paella has been cooking at low heat for some 20-25 minutes (depending on the diameter of your frying pan), remove it from the heat.
This next step is also VERY IMPORTANT: Cover the paella in the frying pan with a dry, clean kitchen cloth for about 5 minutes.
ˇTachán!… Our paella is ready! You can decorate it with some lemon slices. And enjoy it while it's hot, cold paella is not as tasteful!
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About the author:
Ángeles Fernández was born and lives in Spain. Her passion is teaching Spanish to students from all around the world. And thanks to the Internet, this big window to the world, Ángeles has been teaching Spanish online for more than seven years. She is also the Spanish Language editor at BellaOnline.com. Ángeles is "in love" with her country, its customs, gastronomy and history.
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