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What ingredients do you put in your paella sofrito?

asked by kettle over 2 years ago
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added over 2 years ago

Garlic, onion, red bell pepper. Best cooking fat is rendered uncooked chorizo, olive oil induced with garlic and anato seed to enhance the yellow color

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pierino

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added over 2 years ago

I'm a purist here, so no anato seed for me. But yes, olive oil, garlic, onion and in my preference piquillo peppers (which are red). For the chorizo find a good semi-cured one. If you must, substitute linguica. Paella get's color from saffron, not to mention its unique flavor. I add the saffron to the stock before pouring it into the rice.

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added over 2 years ago

I do olive oil, garlic, and onion only (no peppers). I also use a cured chorizo and render it first so that I can saute the sofrito in the rendered fat (which will also turn it a nice redish color). If I'm warming the stock/wine I'm using similar to a risotto, I'll steep the saffron in it like tea. Keep in mind though, there are hundreds of variations on paella from different regions in Spain, so do what you like!

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pierino

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added over 2 years ago

The big difference between paella and risotto is that for paella you don't stir. That's how you build up that soccorat at the bottom.