James Beard Award-winning chef Jamie Bissonnette of Toro in Boston shared his paella recipe below:
Serves 4-52 tablespoons garlic, minced1 cup Spanish onions, diced and sautéed in a generous amount of olive oil1/2 cup scallions, white parts only, diced1 cup sliced Spanish chorizo1 cup red bell pepper, dicedSalt and freshly ground black pepper to taste1 cup chicken breast or thigh meat1/2 cup tomato paste2 cups Calasparra or Bomba rice10 threads of saffronCanned Spanish seafood conserva (optional)1 1/2 cups lobster stock (any combination of chicken, vegetable, lobster or shrimp stock will work)1 1/2 cups chicken stock1 1/2 cups vegetable stock6 to 10 top neck or count neck clams18 mussels4 to 5 shrimp1/2 cup English peasOlive oil, 1/4 cup sliced scallion tops, and lemon wedges for garnishCombine garlic, sautéed onions, white scallions, chorizo, red pepper, salt and black pepper to taste in a 17-18″ paella pan and sauté over high heat for 4 to 5 minutes. If you don’t have a paella pan, use a shallow copper or enamel coated steel pan (important to create the socarrat — or crust of crispy rice that develops on the bottom of the pan).Add the chicken, tomato paste, rice and saffron, and stir, making sure to evenly coat the rice. Toast for 4 to 5 minutes. Add a can of conserva, if using. Evenly distribute and flatten out rice in pan.Add all stocks. This should be the last time you stir the paella. Once boiling, add the clams and cook 5 to 10 minutes, until they open and rice grains are clearly visible.Add mussels, and reduce heat to medium. Once the mussels open, add shrimp and peas. Cook over medium heat until shrimp and rice are cooked and have created a crispy bottom called “socarrat,” watching and smelling closely for burning.Add small amounts of stock as necessary during cooking if all the liquid has evaporated and paella looks dry. Start to finish cooking time is approximately 30 minutes, 20 minutes to cook after adding stocks to chicken/rice mixture. Texture of rice when done should be soft on the outside but retain some bite/texture in the center. The rice on the bottom will be crispier (socarrat) from sitting on the bottom of the pan. Let the dish rest about 5 minutes before serving.Garnish with olive oil, scallion tops, and lemon slices.Pair with an unoaked Rueda Verdejo or a fruit-forward Ribera del Duero Joven.
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