Paella
INGREDIENTS
  • 12 ounces linguisa (Portuguese), firm chorizo, or other cooked sausages
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion peeled and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, rinsed, stemmed, seeded, and diced (1/4 in.)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 cups arborio or other short-grain white rice
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground dried turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads, crumbled
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 ounces boned, skinned firm white-fleshed fish, such as halibut
  • 1 pound shelled, deveined shrimp (26 to 30 per lb.), tails left on
  • 8 ounces mussels in shells
  • 1/4 cup slivered green onions (including green tops)
  • Lemon wedges
DIRECTIONS
  1. In a 15-inch paella pan or 12-inch frying pan (with at least 2 1/4-in.-tall sides) over high heat, turn sausages occasionally until browned on both sides, 3 to 5 minutes total. With tongs, transfer to a board.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-high and add olive oil to pan; when hot, add onion, bell pepper, and garlic and stir often until onion is limp, 4 to 5 minutes. Add rice and stir until it begins to turn opaque, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in wine, chicken broth, paprika, turmeric, and saffron. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring once or twice, until rice is almost tender to bite, 15 to 18 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Meanwhile, rinse and drain fish and shrimp; cut fish into 1- inch pieces. Pull beards off mussels and scrub mussels; discard any gaping ones that don't close when you tap their shells. Cut sausages diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices.
  4. Gently stir fish, shrimp, and sausages into rice mixture; arrange mussels on top. Cover pan with foil or lid and cook until rice is tender to bite, fish and shrimp are opaque but still moist-looking in center of thickest part (cut to test), and mussel shells have popped open, 7 to 8 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle evenly with green onions. Garnish with lemon wedges. Serve from pan, adding juice from lemon wedges and more salt and pepper to taste.
RECIPE BACKSTORY
This recipe may look long and complicated but it's really not. If you can cook rice, you can make paella. And remember you can always add or delete any seafood or meat items you want to make it your own.