If you don’t have a paella pan, use a 13-inch or larger skillet, or divide the ingredients between two medium skillets. Stainless-steel or anodized-aluminum skillets work best. Don’t use cast iron or nonstick.
Start by sautéing the chicken until golden. A head of garlic goes in the pan, too.
Sauté strips of red pepper until completely limp and tender.
Sauté the green beans and artichokes together.
Push the vegetables to the perimeter of the pan to make way for the tomato, onion, and garlic sofrito.
Add the rice to the pan, and sauté for a minute or two until translucent.
Spain’s best-known red, Rioja, made from the tempranillo grape, is a great choice for a paella with sausage and red meat. It will also highlight the big, rich flavor, caramelized onion, and browned chicken in the recipe here. Bodegas Montecillo and Conde de Valdemar are reliable producers.
If you make the seafood variation, keep the party mood going with cava, Spain’s answer to Champagne; try Castellblanch Brut Zero or Segura Viudas’ Aria Brut. For still wine, look to dry whites with crisp, dry, apple-and-apricot-fruity acidity, such as Albariño.
Can’t decide between white and red? Strike a happy medium with rosé (rosado in Spanish). Spain makes some of the best. Try Señorio de Sarria (Navaraa), Marqués de Cáceres (Rioja) or Jaume Serra Tempranillo (Penedès).
— Rosina Tinari Wilson
Seafood paella: Sauté very briefly shrimp, scallops, and calamari (cut in rings), returning the seafood to the end of the cooking. Bury scrubbed clams or mussels in the broth while the rice cooks. Serve with alioli (the Spanish version of aïoli): smash garlic and salt to a paste in a mortar and add olive oil and lemon juice to taste.
Vegetable paella: Sauté green peppers, green beans, cauliflower, and artichokes; make a sofrito of tomato and parsley. Add shelled fava beans with the rice.
Sausage and chickpea paella: Try using chorizo sausage, red peppers, a whole head of garlic, and cooked chickpeas (use the cooking liquid for stock, or combine it with a meat stock). Make a sofrito of garlic, tomato, and paprika and add the chickpeas with the rice.
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Good job you have done here!
Which kind of meat you use?
Thanks for sharing this post!
It is very delicious.
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