Sunday, April 13, 2014

Paella - Chicken and Sausage

For this recipe I used a small vintage Dansk paella pan for preparation of the down-sized original recipe. This version serves about 3 hungry soles.  Paella is a yummy Spanish dish with its classic saffron-yellow rice, brightly colored veggies and combination of seafood and meats.  Originally posted in 2010 this remains a favorite that we do not make often enough.


INGREDIENTS
  • ½ -3/4 Lb. Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs (substitute Breasts with Rib Meat and Organic if available) chopped into bite size pieces
  • ½ Tsp. Turmeric
  • ½ Tsp. - Pimentón (Spanish Paprika - sometimes smoked)
  • Dash (1/16th Tsp.) Oregano
  • EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • ½ Lb. Mild Italian Sausage (ground)
  • 1 Medium Vidalia onion, chopped
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 Orange Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 10 oz Rice - Yellow Saffron pre-spiced Medium Rick
  • 3/4 Cup Diced Plum or Amoroso Tomato
  • ½ Tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
  • Garlic to taste 2-3 large Garlic Cloves (Sub: Garlic Onion in season)
  • 3 Cups – Organic, Chicken Broth, low sodium
  • 1 Cup – Frozen Broccoli, thawed
  • ½ Cup – Frozen Peas, thawed 
  • NOTE:  You could add Chicken broth and Shrimp to this recipe as other options to mix up the flavors.
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat Big Green Egg to 400 degrees. If you can’t swing grilling this recipe you can start it on the cook top and finish it in the oven (sacrilegious of course).
  2. Add Turmeric, Pimentón, Oregano, salt and pepper to chicken stock and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in Pan of Choice (Paella, Iron Skillet, Terracotta, etc) and precook the chicken and sausage then remove and set aside.
  4. Sauté the onions and garlic, asparagus and peppers and when just about tender, add the tomatoes, sauté for 3-4 more minute then remove and set aside.
  5. Change from direct to indirect setting and add the stock and rice, Paprika, Saffron (if applicable).
  6. Stir ONCE and close the lid and sauté for 15 minutes checking the rice for tenderness before adding the remaining ingredients.
  7. Add the sausage, chicken and sauteed veggies and peas and stir well and close the lid again for 8-10 minutes of simmering. ; Remove from heat and serve from Paella pan.