Paella

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Paella is a spanish rice dish with vegetables, chorizo, chicken, seafood, and saffron. Personally, I’ve never tried paella before, but this recipe sounded mighty good, so I decided to adapt the recipe and make it vegetarian. Since I’ve never had paella, I don’t know what it’s “supposed” to taste like, but I must say that this vegetarian version is incredibly good. The faux chorizo adds a nice kick to the dish. This tastes excellent heated up the next day, too. The recipe below serves six.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 oz. faux chorizo sausage*, cut into pieces
  • 2 faux chicken cutlets (7 oz.), cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 package (12 oz) uncooked Arborio rice
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme (or a few sprinkles of dried thyme)
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian flat leaf parsley
  • 8 slices lemon, for garnish

* I used Sunergia Soy Foods Chorizo (organic and vegan), though Soyrizo or a homemade version would also work.

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in paella pan (I just used a large saucepan) over medium heat. Add in onion, garlic and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for a few minutes to soften up the vegetables.
  2. Add faux chorizo, diced faux chicken, and rice, cooking for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently to keep the rice from burning or sticking.
  3. Stir in 3 1/2 cups stock, wine, thyme leaves or dried thyme, and crumbled saffron. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring frequently, as is required for Arborio rice. Taste the rice occasionally to see if it’s ready, adding 1/2 cup more stock at a time until the rice is ready (up to 2 additional cups). The rice should be firm, but not crunchy.
  4. Stir in tomatoes and peas, cooking for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and leave for 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Scatter parsley over the food. Serve in paella pan or in bowls, garnished with lemon wedges.

Adapted from AllRecipes.com

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