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About Authentic Spanish Seafood Paella Recipes

Paella is a famous rice dish from Valencia in Spain which dates back to the mid-1800s. There are three main types of paella and these are seafood paella, Valencian paella and mixed paella. Seafood paella usually contains two or three kinds of fish or seafood. Valencian paella contains green vegetables, chicken, duck, or rabbit, beans and land snails. Mixed paella contains meat and seafood and occasionally beans. Olive oil and saffron feature in most paella recipes.

The popularity of this dish spread beyond the borders of Spain last century and, as usually happens with national dishes, there were suddenly hundreds of recipes for this Spanish dish. Today there are all kinds of recipes for paella, featuring a wide range of meat and fish. There are also mixed paella recipes and even vegetarian ones. The most famous recipe however is the seafood paella.

The following seafood paella recipe contains squid, shrimp and scallops, as well as onion, peas, tomatoes, garlic and more, giving this dish plenty of flavor. If you want to use fish as well as seafood, add some chopped cod or red snapper filets when you add the shrimp and peas near the end. This is not a difficult dish to make and the taste is amazing. Serve this with crusty bread and butter on the side. Continue reading

Mixed Chorizo Paella Recipe

Paella is a classic dish, no doubt about it. While it may not have quite as long of a history as some other famous dishes (though it is no newcomer either, since it dates from the 1800s), it has taken its rightful place among the world’s great culinary achievements.

It is also, at its core, a simple dish: rice cooked with vegetables, spices, seafood, or meat of various types. It is a pretty versatile dish, allowing all manner of innovation by cooks. There are probably as many paella recipes out there as there are cooks who know how to make it and that is yet another wonderful thing about this rice dish.

This chorizo and shrimp paella recipe is bursting with the flavors of Spain; tender rice delicately spiced with saffron and cooked along with mouthwatering shrimp and succulent, spicy Spanish sausage. There is no other way to put it – this paella recipe is nothing short of a triumph. Continue reading

Healthy Vegetarian Paella with Artichoke Hearts

Paella is a dish which lends itself to an endless number of variations. This classic rice dish from the Valencia region of Spain can be made with virtually any seafood, meat or vegetables you happen to have on hand and it will be equally delicious. It is relatively easy make, although it can be a little time consuming to do so.

This vegetarian recipe is a case in point. It packs a lot of nutrition and a lot of flavor into a single dish meal which will be loved even by the most hardcore of carnivores – such is the magic of paella, it seems. Unless you have a serious aversion to rice in general, this is a dish you will love and it is a great way to get children to eat their vegetables as well.

This makes a wonderful main dish for a leisurely weekend lunch or dinner, but you can make it any night of the week. Served with a vegetable or a salad on the side, it is a full meal; not that this vegetarian paella is not a satisfying meal all by itself. Continue reading

Baked Seafood Paella with Bacon

Rice is an ingredient which shows up in almost every one of the world’s cuisines. While the grain is native to Asia, it made its way to the Middle East and Europe by the middle ages, becoming especially popular in Spain during the Moorish occupation. While the Moors eventually left, rice did not – and in the Spanish region of Valencia, rice became an especially important part of the local cuisine.

One of the results of this is paella, the classic Spanish rice dish. It is commonly made with seafood, as it is in this particular paella recipe – but in this case, with a twist: bacon. A lot of people hold the opinion that bacon makes pretty much everything better and if you are one of them, then this recipe is definitely for you.

This is a seafood paella which is bound to impress your dinner guests; it makes a great entrée for a dinner party. While paella can be a little on the labor intensive side, do not let that discourage you. The effort you put into it will be amply repaid in the form of a dinner which you will not soon forget – and neither will anyone else at your table. Continue reading

Paella Recipes with Shrimp, Chicken, and Chorizo

Paella is a classic dish with origins in the Spanish region of Valencia. Though it is largely regarded as a regional favorite in its country of origin, it has become a very popular recipe in the Americas, especially in Mexico and other countries which are former Spanish colonies.

Paella can be made with almost any mix of ingredients, though seafood ingredients such as shrimp are the most common, followed by chicken, and the spicy Spanish sausage called chorizo. As it happens, this paella recipe contains all of the above, combining chicken, shrimp, chorizo, bell peppers, peas, and spices into a delicious blend of flavors.

It is a satisfying meal which definitely qualifies as comfort food. If you’ve never tried paella before, you’re in for a treat – it can take a while to cook this chicken and shrimp paella recipe, but it’s well worth the effort, as you’ll agree once you try it yourself. Continue reading

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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