Diving Into Dinner: Spicy Seafood Paella
In my ongoing attempt (otherwise known as string of failures) to eat more brain healthy shellfish, I whipped up some paella this weekend. I have spent the last few days eating my way through this giant pan of spicy, shellfishy goodness.
It tastes like Spain and brings me back to a happy time many years ago, when I visited Barcelona (and gained, I kid you not, 20 pounds in a month). This time around I am attempting to exercise self-control (ha!) and eat normal sized portions. Let’s see how that goes…
3 cups vegetable stock
3 tbsp olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 cups Spanish rice or short grain rice, soaked in water for 15 minutes and then drained
4 garlic cloves, chopped
2 large pinches of Spanish saffron threads soaked in 1/2 cup water (I substituted with ½ tsp turmeric)
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 large Roma tomatoes, finely chopped
6 oz French green beans
1 lb prawns or large shrimp or your choice, peeled and deveined
1 lb mussels
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1. In a large deep pan or skillet, heat 3 tbsp olive oil. Turn the heat to medium-high and add the chopped onions. Saute the onions for 2 minutes then add the rice, and cook for 3 more minutes, stirring regularly.
2. Now add the chopped garlic and the vegetable stock. Stir in the saffron and it’s soaking liquid, paprika, cayenne pepper, aleppo pepper, and salt.
3. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and green beans. Bring to a boil and let the liquid slightly reduce, then cover (with lid or tightly with foil) and cook on low heat for 20 minutes.
4. Uncover and spread the shrimp and mussels over the rice, pushing it into the rice slightly. Add a little water if needed. Cover and cook for another 10-15 minutes until the shrimp turns pink and mussels have opened.
5. Finally, garnish with parsley and eat (fuck yah, best part!)
The food here has been unreal. We waited days for the perfect paella and ended our trip with a seafood platter from the market
We had dessert with every meal and wine with every bite. You've filled us well, Barcelona ✌🏼
Momento de descanso !!!!
Paella orquestrada pela Chef @darosroberta ... Top!! 🙏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
The paella at the Rosé festival was NEXT. LEVEL. incredible - but who's surprised? @Farmtotableeventco - you did it again. You killed every aspect, from A to Z. Thank you for the beautiful food, wine and scenery. It was the perfect day. Cheers 🥂💯
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