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Paella De Carne

Paella De Carne
Serves: 4


2 cloves garlic, unpeeled
3 ½ cups Chicken Stock
1 ½ teaspoons sweet pimentón or paprika
Pinch of saffron threads
½ cup olive oil
½ green bell pepper, seeded and cut lengthwise into narrow strips
½ red bell pepper, seeded and cut lengthwise into narrow strips
¼ pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, curt into small pieces
1 (3-ounce) chorizo, cut into 1/2 –inch dice
1 ½ cups Spanish rice
1 lemon, cut into 4 wedgs


Preheat the oven to 500˚F

Place the garlic cloves in a small baking pan or dish and roast in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the skin is browned. 

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring the stock to a boil.  Add the pimentón and a few of the saffron threads and decrease the heat to maintain a simmer.

When the garlic is ready, remove from the oven and leave the oven on.  When the garlic is cool enough to handle, peel it, place in a blender or food processor, and add ½ cup of the simmering stock and the rest of the saffron.  Process until will blended. Set aside.

In a large (about 15-inch) paella pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add the bell pepper strips and cook, stirring often, for about 10 minutes, or until tender.  Sprinkle the beef and chicken pieces with salt and add them along with the chorizo to the pan.  Cook, stirring often for about 5 minutes, or until the meats are lightly browned by still undercooked.  Add the rice and stir to blend well with the rest of the ingredients, allowing the rice to absorb a little of the oil.  Spread the mixture evenly in the pan.  Pour the host stock in t the pan, increase the heat to high, and bring the mixture to a boil.  Add the garlic mixture, stir gently to incorporate, and continue to boil for 5 minutes without stirring.  Decrease the heat to a medium and cook for 5 minutes longer.  Because the bottom of the paella pan is most likely wider than the reach of the burner’s heat, shift the pan from side to side on the burner to distribute the heat evenly.  Do not stir the mixture.  Taste the stock and season with salt, if necessary.

Transfer the pan to the oven and cook for 7 minutes longer.  The liquid will be absorbed and the rice will be tender.  Remove form the oven, cover with a lid or kitchen towel, and let rest for about 7 minutes before serving. 

Serve with the lemon wedges on the side.

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