Traditional Paella with Shrimp, Chorizo and Spicy Olives

Mains, Recipes

4 Tablespoons Olive Us Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 each Green, Yellow & Red Bell Pepper – cut into thin strips

5 large cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
sea salt & cracked pepper to taste
1 pound Spanish Chorizo sausage sliced into 1/4 inch slices
1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut in strips
One large tomato diced or one 14 oz. can diced
1 cup spicy olives (i.e. – pepper stuffed olives; drained & halved. Available at Olive Us Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room)
One medium onion, chopped
16 jumbo shrimp (prawns), shell on
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon saffron
1 pound Valencia Rice
6 cups chicken broth
Lemon wedges

Heat the broth in a pot over medium heat until it simmers.  Turn off the heat and add the saffron threads, crumbling as you add them to the stock.  Set aside to steep.

In a 16″ paella pan or equally large, shallow, heavy duty oven-proof skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of oil and sauté peppers and onions until translucent. Remove the vegetables with a slotted spoon and set aside. In the same pan, sauté the chorizo for about 5 minutes.

Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika.  Add the chicken to the sausage and cook until just barely golden brown, remove and set aside.

Add 2 more tablespoons of olive oil to the same pan.  Add the rice and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently until it begins to toast scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pan so it doesn’t burn.

To the pan with the toasted rice add the tomato, thyme, garlic and chili flakes and cook down, stirring until almost a paste consistency, about 15 minutes, scraping the bottom so that the contents don’t burn.

Preheat the oven to 425 F.

Add the chorizo, chicken, cooked vegetables, and olives over the top of the rice. Add the broth, stir once, and then no more stirring from this point on. Bring to a simmer on the stove top for 10 minutes. Cover with foil and cook in the oven for 10 minutes longer.  Remove the foil and allow the top of the paella to become golden, approximately another 5 minutes.

Remove for oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes covered.  Serve with lemon wedges.

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