This recipe was inspired by my mother's friend who made this recipe often. She was a Spanish/French teacher and a wonderful cook. I was always so in awe of her because the way she cooked seem so exotic to me as a child. I made a few adaptions with the ingredients, but find the flavors of this dish take me right back to that feelings of awe I had as a child. - ashley_samuel_pierson —ashleychasesdinner
Test Kitchen Notes
This is a paella with the perfect balance of flavors. Rich, moist rice; spicy chorizo and shrimp with just the right amount of heat; and the hint of smokiness from the paprika work together to make this a delicious dish. Beautiful to entertain with! - Jennifer —The Editors
extra large shrimp - deveined and shells removed
Spanish smoked paprika
medium tomatoes - chopped
cloves garlic- minced
saffron threads- crumble threads and add to a few onces of hot water to release flavor and color
dry white wine
fresh lemon juice
approx. 1/2 cups
Olive oil for stir frying ingredients
red bell pepper- cut into 1 inch strips
green bell pepper- cut into 1 inch strips
2 1/2 cups
Spanish short grain rice, or Arborio rice
fresh or thawed frozen peas
ground black pepper
chopped parsley for garnish
Accompaniment: fresh lemon wedges
In This Recipe
Once shrimp are deveined and shells removed, sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon sea salt. Set aside.
Roast chicken legs in 450 degree oven until legs reach at internal temp of 160 degrees. Once done, set aside.
In a small bowl, sprinkle paprika over chopped tomatoes.
In a seperate small bowl, mix minced garlic with 1 teaspoon sea salt. Make paste consistency.
Bring stock to a simmer in a 3 quart sauce pan, cover and keep at a bare simmer.
In a seperate small bowl, mix together wine, saffron ( and liquid), and lemon juice.
Add olive oil to paella pan over moderately high heat and stir fry chorizo sausage for 8 minutes or until done. Transfer to platter.
Add shrimp, stir frying in pan for 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a platter with sausage.
Add 2 tablespoons oil to pan and stir fry peppers for 2 minutes. Stir in garlic paste and stir fry for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and stir fry for 1 minute.
Add rice and stir to evenly coat ingredients.
Measure hot stock to ensure it measures 6 cups, add water if necessary.
Stir stock, wine mixture, and bay leaf into rice.
Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly but gently. Look for rice to appear more on surface, and when the spoon would leave a path exposing the bottom of the pan when pulled through the mixture. ( About 5 to 7 minutes)
Remove pan from heat and stir in shrimp, chorizo sausage, scallions, peas, black pepper and a pinch of salt. Lay chicken legs decoratively around on top.
Bake, uncovered at 450 degrees, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Look for edges to form a golden crust and almost all liquid to be absorbed.
Take pan from oven and cover with tin foil. Let stand for 10 minutes. The rice continues to cook and will be perfectly cooked.
Sprinkle top of dish with chopped parsley. Garnish with lemon wedges.
One constant in my life is food. I love to cook, eat and learn new things about food. I grew up in a family who had the philosophy that the kitchen was the heart of the home. My southern mom and grandma were amazing cooks who taught me food was more than sustenance, it was soulful. I am always amazed, inspired and genuinely happy to have found such a place as food52 with so many like minded individuals. With inspiration like this to draw from, there is endless oportunity to learn new things!