On my last night with Gretchen and Chris on my otago road trip. I made Paella as a thankyou for taking me on their trip.
I first made this dish about three years ago. Since then it has been one of my favourite dishes to both make and eat. I love how a dish can bring back memories, this is certainly one of those dishes with a new memory to now attach to it.
Here is my recipe if anybody wants to give it a try.
Paella (For four people)
One chicken breast – bite sized pieces
One large Chorizo sausage or two small chorizo sausage – cut into chunks
Pancetta or 3 rashers of bacon
1 large onion- finely chopped
1 Red pepper – seeded and cut into large chunks
1 tsp of chilli flakes
2 Garlic cloves - crushed
Paella rice- one and a half cup
1tbsp of paprika
Half a cup of white wine
Juice of a fresh lemon
1 ½ pint of chicken stock
Pinch of Saffron
Handful of fresh thyme or 1 ½ tbsp of dried thyme
Four tomatoes, cut into chunks or one can of chopped tomatoes
10 cooked prawns
Frozen peas- two handfuls (I don't use)
Step One – Prepare all of your ingredients as stated above.
Step Two- In a large pan/wok. Use one tbsp of olive oil, fry the chicken, chorizo and pancetta. Until crisp and brown.
Step Three – Remove the meat from the pan using a slotted spoon allowing the oil to remain in the pan, place in a bowl.
Step Four – Fry the onion, red pepper and chilli flakes in the oil remaining in the pan. For 8 to 10 min until soft and golden. Add garlic for final minute.
Step Five – Add paprika and paella to the pan stirring at all times until the paella rice is coated.
Step Six – Add the white wine and stir till the wine has evaporated.
Step Seven – Add the chicken stock, lemmon juice, saffron and thyme bring to the boil in the pan and reduce heat.
Step Eight– Add the chicken, pancetta, chorizzo. Cook for 25mins over a low heat with a tight lid on the pan.
Step Nine – Add tomatoes, mussels, prawns, peas(if using) cook for a further 10 mins.
Serve with Salad.