Now I am not a fan of seafood (there isn't much I like really lol) So I just did a Chicken and Chorizo one but it was rather nice and I will post a seafood recipe and a vegetarian one too for those in need :)
What do we need?
1. I like to cook my chicken first to make sure it is not poisonous and I like to do it on the bone so the meat is more tender and flavoursome.
I heat the oven to 200 degrees Centigrade (400 f, gas mark 6) I drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper on the chicken thighs and sprinkle oregano cooking them for 45 minutes make sure the skin is crispy
2. while I am doing this I chopped the onion, garlic and peppers ever so finely (I am very fussy so..) it depends on taste but I find it is better finely chopped because the taste of the spices are more pronounced. While I was doing this I also made up the stock using 2 litres of water added and the teaspoon of turmeric I stirred and let it infuse.
3. After the chicken is cooked I (mind your hands) took the chicken off the bone and broke it up KEEPING THE SKIN and then drizzled a tablespoon of olive oil into a large pan (i do not have a paella pan). And I sweated the onions (when they are slightly seathrough)
4. Next I added the chopped tomatoes and let them reduce and thicken this is known as Sofrito". Then I added the chopped chicken and the juices with it. and let it all cook and combine for a couple of minutes.
5. After this I added the chopped Chorizo the teaspoon of paprika and the chopped peppers. Mix around thoroughly and continue fry for few more minutes
6. I then added the stock and salted it because It needs to be well salted. Stir and leave to boil for several minutes to let the flavours mix in the stock I waited untill it seemed to look a bit thicker
7. Add the rice and mix it briefly to even out in the pan and make sure it is all below the liquid x Do not stir
8. let it simmer for 10 minutes and then turn down the heat and let it simmer for 10 more :) this is what mine looked like
9. then cover with either a lid or some foil and keep cooking untill the liquid is absorbed. then leave it to rest and cool slightly
10. I like to serve mine with some lemon :)
Here is Rick Stein's seafood version :)
And a Vegetarian Paella
Follow the recipe in a similar way to mine but skipping the meat bits and replacing them with the vegetable ones :) x