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Easy Paella for Two

04.03.2014 · Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes

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Running late today, no time to shop, driving home and thinking… dinner at 7:00…what do I have that’s fast and delicious.  Still have mixed seafood, 1 chicken breast, kielbasa, rice, canned tomatoes…hmmm…paella.  I have garlic, onions, saffron, cilantro, wine, stock.  Yes, paella it is…on the stove top…too hot to turn on the oven!   I made lavender lemonade Monday.  Add a little bubbly (or a lot of bubbly) to that and make a salad.  Enough!!!  Voila, romantic dinner for 2.  You’ve got to give this a try.

Ingredients:

  •  4 inches of kielbasa sausage, sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
  • 1/2 chicken breast, cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 Tbsp chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • pinch of saffron (or 1/2 tsp each turmeric and paprika)
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 small can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro (or parsley flakes)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-2 dashes Tabasco sauce (or pinch cayenne pepper)
  • sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 cup mixed seafood (or 8 prawns)

Method:

  1. In a 2-quart sauce pan over medium heat, fry sausage until fat is released.
  2. Add chicken pieces and fry for 5 or 6 minutes until they brown a little
  3. Add onion, garlic, and bell pepper.  Cook until wilted and fragrant.
  4. Add wine and stir to the bottom of the pan.
  5. Add rice, stock, tomatoes, saffron, cilantro, bay leaf, Tabasco, salt and pepper.  Stir.
  6. Cover pan and simmer for 14-15 minutes.
  7. Add seafood, continue simmering until rice is done and seafood is pink (about 5 minutes).

Notes:

  1. If you haven’t got saffron, use annatto oil or turmeric and paprika.
  2. Use sweet Italian sausage or pieces of leftover pork chops instead of kielbasa.
  3. You can add peas, green beans, artichokes, or broccoli florets.
  4. Make this dish with just chicken or pork.
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2 Responses to “Easy Paella for Two”

  1. Wow. That paella looks delicious. I’d eat it now and its not even 9am!

  2. Thanks Sara for dropping by, and I ate the rest of the paella for a midnight snack. It was still yumm.

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