Monday, February 28, 2011

Seafood Paella

What could be more appetizing than the aroma of a huge, beautiful batch of seafood paella being prepared on a beautiful beach?  I had the experience of watching a hotel chef prepare this dish recently while on a trip to Mexico, near Tulum.
I have always been attracted to the beautiful paella pans in culinary stores.  After watching how fun it was to prepare this dish it seems like a perfect thing to prepare for a large group of people.  Everyone seems to love it!
I am sharing a recipe that is very close to how the hotel chef prepared this dish.  The recipe below is from Bon Appetite, February, 2000, and was found online at  Please enjoy:

Seafood Paella

Bon Appétit  | February 2000
Tio Pepe, Baltimore, MD

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main ingredientsMussel,  VegetableChicken,  ShrimpSquid,  Fish,  RicePoultry,  ClamShellfish
yield: 6 to 8 servings
"I go to Spain frequently, and I've tried many kinds of paella there," says Bruce Cummings of Baltimore, Maryland. "Recently, though, I... more ›
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 5 bacon slices, chopped

  • 1 3 1/2-pound whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces

  • 2 cups chopped onions (about 2 medium)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 1 7-ounce jar roasted sliced pimientos with juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed saffron threads
  • 2 cups bottled clam juice
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock or canned low-salt chicken broth

  • 1 pound large uncooked shrimp, peeled, deveined
  • 1 pound cleaned squid, bodies cut into 1/2-inch rings
  • 1 dozen clams, scrubbed
  • 1 dozen mussels, scrubbed, debearded
  • 1 cup frozen green peas, thawed

  • Lemon wedges
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Preheat oven to 450°F. Heat olive oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add chopped bacon and cook until fat is rendered, about 6 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels and drain. Set aside.
Sprinkle chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Add chicken to bacon drippings in pot and cook over medium heat until brown, about 7 minutes per side. Using tongs, remove chicken from pot.
Add chopped onions and garlic to pot and saut
 until beginning to brown, scraping up any browned bits, about 10 minutes. Stir in rice, roasted pimientos with juices and saffron. Add clam juice and chicken stock to pot and bring mixture to simmer. Remove from heat.
Pour rice mixture into 15x10x2-inch glass baking dish. Arrange chicken, shrimp, squid, clams and mussels in rice mixture. Sprinkle with chopped bacon and peas. Cover with foil.
Bake paella until chicken is cooked through, clams and mussels open and rice is tender, about 45 minutes (discard any clams and mussels that do not open). Remove foil from baking dish. Let paella stand 10 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.

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