Seafood Paella

 

If you follow Chew Town on Facebook you would have seen an iphone pic of the paella my friend Tracie (hitherto known as ‘supermum’)  taught me to make last week. Supermum has a 2 year old girl, a 5 week old girl and a gorgeous chocolate labrador. I visited her to meet the gorgeous newborn, and whilst there was taught this fabulous recipe for seafood paella. I was in awe of how she managed to tend to all the needs of her two small children while at the same time teaching me this great dish.

Her paella tasted spectacular and I knew after tasting it that I had to try my hand at it as quickly as possible. So yesterday we called Scotty’s mum to come over while I went out to buy some great seafood.

A paella really is a wonderful one pot wonder (technically a ‘one pan wonder’) to feed a crowd. It is easy to make, can be made in large quantities, looks impressive and tastes spectacular – you can’t really ask for much more than that!

The trick to a great seafood paella is ensuring you have good quality fresh seafood (I wanted a fresh blue swimmer crab but couldn’t find one at our local fish shop), great chorizo sausage, and good quality saffron.

I felt like a paella pro in the kitchen given my private masterclass earlier in the week. I loved having a family recipe from someone esle’s cuisine for a change and it felt just as great as cooking the Italian food I am so accustomed to. I suppose it helped that paella requires absorption of stock to cook the rice, just like an Italian risotto – so I wasn’t completely out of my comfort zone.

I delivered the generous paella to the table of hungry diners and served it up (it looks small in the pictures but that’s because the prawns were massive – biggest prawn’s I’d ever seen). After the first bite I realised it tasted just like supermum’s version and I was delighted. The true test was how Scotty’s mum would go given she isn’t really a lover of seafood (except lobster which is every discerning woman’s favourite). Given how much seafood was in it, she ate her whole share – superb!

Now that I’ve had success cooking it for family, I will definitely be busting this out the next time we have many mouths to feed – while seafood can be expensive, the ratio of people fed to seafood cost per pan makes it downright cost effective!

Comments

  1. says

    Looks amazing – this is one of my favorite one-pot meals! I have to say as the mom to only one child – holy hell – I am impressed with Super Mum!!!! She is pretty awesome.

  2. says

    Nice food styling! Really pretty. I've not made a paella in years, and seafood ones are the best. This looks spectacular. Really nice post – thank you.

  3. Chewtown says

    Thanks for the nice words. I am thinking I might try a chorizo and chicken one… but I suspect you are right that the seafood ones are the best!

  4. Chewtown says

    They were massive Christina! I hadn't seen prawns like that in a long time. I am thinking I'll need to buy some more and try a prawn pasta soon.

  5. Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy says

    I have never made a Paella before, this one looks wonderful! I really love your photos!

  6. bitemeshowme says

    I love paella! I love it when it has the extra crispy bits at the bottom of the pan and you scoop some up as you scoop some of the rice and seafood! Love your food styling. You sure have an eye for that

  7. says

    I have never tried a seafood paella before, but this looks amazing. I have a brother who is absolutely crazy about seafood – making this will sure be a way to get him to adore his sister anew…

  8. Chewtown says

    Those crispy bits are AMAZING! I never thought I would enjoy crispy near burnt rice so much. Thanks for the kind words :)

  9. Chewtown says

    You should definitely make this for your brother then… you can change the recipe to include all of his favourite seafood. :)

  10. Tracie aka Supermum says

    Amanda – I made this again the other day and put some chicken winglets in at the same time as the chorizo and then added some scallops at the very end….very tasty! As you said, you can really put in whatever you have at hand or whatever sort of seafood you love – had so much fun having you over the other night. FYI – The traditional Spanish paella is actually made out of rabbit, so maybe you can put some of it in your next paella! Also, thank you very much for your blog – I can't wait to try some of your other recipes (and hopefully learn how to make pasta from scratch from a maestra!). xx

  11. Chewtown says

    Hi Supermum! Thanks for your comment – I didn't know about the rabbit. My family loves it, so when I am home for Christmas I'll have to make it for them with Rabbit! We will definitely have a pasta making session soon – whenever you have some time! xx

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