About once or twice a year, we make a big paella for friends. The occasion for this one was for our friends Daniel and Rebecca who run the Tootsie Truck in Knoxville. They had returned from a seafood run to Florida and wanted to know if we wanted to share in the haul...the answer is always YES when someone has fresh seafood they want to share. Paella isn't all that hard. You just have to prepare well. Have all your ingredients chopped and portioned out. Any and all of what we used, can be interchanged with ingredients available to you. Even if you don't like seafood, you can use just sausages (Spanish Chorizo works as wonderfully as Benton's Country Ham!). Use vegetables that are on hand. We were lucky to have a lot of fresh veggies from our CSA box so we used many of those. We'd been collecting trimming from vegetables all year in a big bag in the freezer and made a rich vegetable stock a couple days before the paella. To start, get yourself a paella pan. They aren't all that expensive, but are designed to make your life a lot easier. If you just don't have one, use a large cast iron skillet. We've done that before. You're looking for something that will give you the crunchy layer on the bottom, called the socarrat. I continually felt for this with a knife throughout the cooking to make sure it was forming.
Recipe: Backyard Paella Night with Friends!
Published on June 30, 2016 | in Appetizers, Entertainment, Fish, Food, Gather With ME, Knoxville, Mandee, Photography, Photos, veggies By mandee |0 Comments