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Sausage & Shrimp Paella – Before You Run, You Walk, Or In This Case, Crawl

When I first do a version of a classic dish like paella, I try
to use a minimum of number of ingredients and steps so we focus on the
technique. So, while you experienced paella makers will probably find this
quite unremarkable, it really is intended for the first-timer. 

Real paella is not baked, but cooked on top of a fire, which
results in a similarly textured rice to what you see here, except a layer
caramelizes onto the bottom of the pan, and those gloriously crunchy bits are
considered the best part. So, basically I’m telling you we left out the best

The trade-off is that this method eliminates most of the
finesse and monitoring required by the traditional method. Consider this a
gateway paella, and the first step to a serious, lifelong addiction. Besides
the method, ideally you’ll use a wider variety of ingredients; things like
clams, mussels, squid, chicken are all very commonly used, and will make your
rice that much more interesting.

No matter how you cook you paella, one thing you must try to
include is the saffron. Besides the short-grain rice, this is probably the most
key addition. Unfortunately, the flavor and aroma are almost impossible to
describe, so you really need to experience it yourself to fully understand.
I’ve heard it described using things like “earthy metallic honey,” and “rusty
but these really don’t do it justice.

Anyway, if you’ve never tried to make paella before, I
really hope this inspires you to give it a go. The Arborio we use here is easy
to find in the big grocery stores, and as long as you stick to the liquid/rice
ratio, there’s not a lot that can go wrong. And like I said in the video, stay
tuned for my future attempt at a more classic version. In the meantime, I hope
you give this quick and easy paella a try soon. Enjoy!

Ingredients for 4 large portions:
(best to use a 12 or 13 inch wide skillet)

For the saffron broth:
2 tsp olive oil
reserved shrimp shells from 1 pound of jumbo shrimp
1/2 to 1 tsp saffron threads, depending on how strong you
want the flavor
2 1/4 cups chicken broth
*Simmer for 20 minutes, strain and reserve. Be sure to
season generously with salt, or your rice will be bland.

For the paella:
1 tbsp olive oil
8 oz sliced chorizo sausage, or any smoky, spicy sausage
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/3 cup Arborio rice
1/2 cup green peas
1 tsp regular or smoked paprika, optional depending on how
much was in the sausage
2 cups (exactly) hot saffron broth, or just plain hot
chicken broth
1 pound peeled and deveined jumbo shrimp
1 sweet red pepper, cut into thin strips
salt and cayenne to taste
garnish top with a light drizzle of extra virgin olive oil,
and freshly chopped Italian parsley
lemon wedges, optional (some love lemon, I prefer without,
but give it a try and see)

*Bake at 425 degrees F. for 20 minutes, then finish over
med-high flame until rice is just tender. It will be firm and slightly sticky.
Don’t burn it, but you can leave it on the flame a little longer to try and get
the rice to caramelize and crust onto the bottom of the pan, like the classic
version. Be careful.

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Chorizo & Chicken Skewers – Make Some For Your Buddy

At some point this summer, you’ll get tired of grilled chicken. Any grilled chicken. No matter the marinade, or the delivery system, you will have simply reached your limit, and that’s when you need to reach for the chorizo. 

Impale a few slices of this famously delicious, Spanish sausage in between your chunks of chicken, and as it grills, it will splatter its spicy, smoky fat all over its much blander skewermate, and once again, you and grilled chicken will be good buddies…just like Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte.

That reference will make a lot more sense once you watch the beginning of the video. Anyway, this is nothing more than a suggestion to help cure grilled chicken fatigue, and as usual, I expect you to tailor this concept to your own strange and exotic tastes. I hope you give this a try soon. Enjoy!

Ingredients for 4 Skewers:
8 oz chorizo sausage, cut in 16 pieces
2 large chicken breasts, cut in 10 pieces each
1/2 red onion
1 red bell pepper
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp smoked paprika
cayenne to taste
1 tbsp sherry vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp minced fresh oregano

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