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3/4 cup olive oil
1 cup grated onion
1/2 boneless pork shoulder cut into 1-inch cubes
1 3 lb. chicken cut into 8 pieces
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
2 cups peeled, seeded and chopped tomatoes
2 bay leaves
4 sprigs fresh parsley
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon pulverized saffron
1/4 lb. sweet green peppers, seeded, deribbed and cut into thin strips
1/4 lb. green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch lengths or
9 ounces frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
12 mussels, well scrubbed
1/2 pound small clams, scrubbed, soaked in cold water 30 minutes
3 cups raw imported Spanish or Italian rice (or Uncle Ben's Converted)
7-oz. jar roasted red peppers, drained and cut into thin strips
1/2 shelled and deveined shrimp
1/4 pound fully cooked chorizo sausage, skinned and thinly sliced
2 lemons quartered
In a large casserole heat 1/3 cup olive oil and in it cook 1/2 cup
grated onion for two minutes, stirring. Add the pork and chicken
and saute for 5 minutes stirring. Then add garlic, tomatoes, herbs,
salt, pepper and saffron. Cover and cook over medium heat about
25 minutes, stirring from time to time.
Meanwhile, steam the mussels and clams in 1 cup water until they
open, about 5 minutes. Discard any that do not open. Reserve the
mussels, clams, and cooking liquor and discard the shells. Strain
the liquor. Add the green peppers and green beans or artichokes
to the casserole. Cook covered 5 to 10 minutes longer.
Meanwhile, heat the remaining olive oil in a paella pan and cook
the remaining 1/2 cup grated onion 1 minute. Add the rice and cook
stirring until all the grains are coated, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the
mussel and clam liquor plus 7 cups water to the casserole. Bring
to the boil.
Slowly pour the bubbling sauce over the rice. Then slide the
remaining contents of the casserole evenly over the sizzling rice.
Add the red peppers, shrimp, chorizo slices, mussels, and clams.
Stir once. Cook uncovered over brisk heat until the liquid is
absorbed and the rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Rotate and
shake the pan from time to time to cook the rice evenly. Allow
the contents to rest 5 minutes before serving. Serve directly from
the pan with the lemon wedges.
Paella was invented in southern Spain and originally consisted of
rabbit, snails, and freshwater eels, was made over an open fire,
and was eaten with raw wild scallions. The essential ingredient
is saffron, Spanish, not Mexican. It should be dried on a plate
over boiling water or (as I do), dried carefully in a microwave
until the strands are brittle, then ground into a powder so that
you do not lose a bit of the flavor.
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