Paella - Aquaforno

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(serves 6)

Chicken stock              1.5L

White Wine                                                                   200ml

Saffron                          2tsp

Mussels: cleaned         12

Prawns: Thawed(if frozen) and washed                 12

(Optional) Firmed White Fish: Large Cubes                100g

Spanish Chorizo: Sliced in half then chopped       200g

Parsley: Roughly chopped                                            10g

Garlic: Minced              10g

Smoked Paprika          2tsp

Fresh Thyme: Picked  5

Olive Oil

Medium Brown Onion: Small Diced                           2

Tomato Paste            10g

Bell Pepper: Small diced       1

Tomato                       3

Paella Rice                 450g

Aioli (garlic mayo)



1. Heat the chicken stock in a large pot. Stir in saffron.

2. Pat fish and shrimp dry with paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and let sit for 10 minutes.

3. Use a mortar and pestle to mash parsley, garlic, thyme and 1/6 tsp of salt into a paste; stir in paprika. Add water if necessary to form a paste. If you do not have a pestle and mortar, you can simply chop all ingredients up finely, add to a small bowl and mix thoroughly.

4. Heat 6 tbsp of oil in 16.5″ Aquaforno paella pan over medium high heat and quickly brown the fish 1-2 minutes. Do not fully cook. Remove from pan and transfer to a warm plate.

5. Add the remaining 2 tbsp of oil, onion and bell pepper to paella pan and cook until the vegetables are slightly softened.

6. Add the wine to pan and cook for a minute.

7. Raise the heat; add tomato and cook for 2-5 minutes until thickens.

8. Pour in the hot broth and bring to a boil.

9. Sprinkle the rice evenly across the pan. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring rice and rotating pan occasionally (this allows a fuller and even cooking process that may change due to outside weather conditions such as wind).

10. Add all fish (but not prawn). Stir in parsley paste. Taste for salt. Do not stir after this point. (Paella is not risotto, you don’t want to move the rice much as it will make it starchy)

11. Lower the heat, continue to simmer until rice is no longer soupy but enough liquid remains to continue cooking the rice (about 10 min.). Add extra liquid if necessary

12. Arrange shrimp, clams and mussels over rice, placing edges of mussel and so they open facing upwards.

13. Cook uncovered for 15-20 minutes until rice is almost done.

14. Remove pan from the heat and cover with foil. Let sit 10 minutes. Garnish with lemon wedges and serve with fresh aioli.

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