Monday, August 18, 2008
Paella is one of our favorite dishes to make. We fell in love with it while on our honeymoon in Spain and have tried to perfect it since. I half this recipe and don't add turmeric ('cause I don't have it) and only use hot italian sausage instead of adding in mild as well. Many people put mussels in their versions put I am not a fan. We just stick to shrimp, chicken and sausage.
5 (4 ounce) links hot Italian sausage, cut into 1 inch pieces
5 (4 ounce) links mild Italian sausage, cut into 1 inch pieces
15 raw chicken tenders or strips
2 pounds large shrimp - peeled and deveined
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and cut into strips
1 large stalk celery, with leaves, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced (optional)
2 cups uncooked long grain rice
2 (14.5 ounce) cans peeled and diced tomatoes, juice reserved
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
3 1/2 cups chicken broth
1. Heat a wok over medium-high heat. Fry hot and mild Italian sausage pieces in the wok until brown on all sides. Remove sausage, and fry the chicken strips in the sausage drippings until browned. Remove chicken and saute onions, green pepper, celery, and garlic for 5 minutes, or until tender.
2. Stir in the uncooked rice, tomatoes, bay leaves, salt, oregano and turmeric. Cook and stir for 1 minute, then mix in the reserved tomato juice and chicken broth. Add chicken pieces, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.
3. Add sausage to the mixture, and continue to simmer for 15 minutes, then stir in the shrimp; cover and cook for 5 to 10 more minutes, or until shrimp is cooked through.