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  • Seafood Paella---first attempt

    I cooked paella for the first time last night, and on the whole I was very pleased with the result.  I wanted to share my recipe here.  I read through a variety of methods for cooking this dish and it was a little overwhelming in all honesty because there was so much variability from one recipe to the next.  So I created my own which was essentially a hybrid of a few recipes I found.  


    2 cups Arborio rice
    freshly ground pepper
    frozen peas (1 cup)
    olive oil (3 tablespoons)
    shrimp (12 large pre cooked and deveined, without the shell but with the tail)
    clams (12)
    yellow onion
    smoked Spanish paprika (2 tablespoons)
    red bell pepper (1)
    chicken stock (3.5 cups)
    white wine (1 cup)
    clam stock (1 cup)
    tomato puree (1/2 cup)

    I used the paella pan made by BGE for an XL egg.  


    1). Combine olive oil and 4 cloves crushed garlic in a small bowl.  Chop onion and red bed pepper, place in a separate bowl along with frozen peas.  Place shrimp and clams in an additional bowl.  In a separate bowl combine 1/2 cup tomato purée, 1 cup clam stock, 1 cup white wine, and 3.5 cups chicken stock.

    2). One last bowl to combine the rice, a pinch of Saffron, 2 tablespoons smoked Spanish paprika, and salt and pepper (1-2 teaspoons of each, or to taste)

    3). Heat grill to 425-450.  I set up for a direct cook, not sure it matters much for this recipe if you go direct or indirect.

    4). Place garlic and olive oil into paella pan on grill for 30 seconds.

    5). Add vegetables.  Cook for 2 minutes

    6). Add shrimp and clams.  Cook for 2 minutes.  

    7). Add rice along with spices, and pour on the clam stock, chicken stock, white wine, and tomato purée.  Cook 20-30 minutes, until there is no remaining liquid.

    The prep was a bit labor intensive.  Lots of combining ingredients in bowls:). But once I started the cook it was rather easy.  Add one thing after another for the allotted time, and then wait a bit for it to cook.  And the end result was fantastic.  I wish I had more pics but I only took one.  

    BTW this was enough to pretty much fill the XL paella pan to the very top, although once the liquids cooked off it wasn't nearly as full...
  • Beef Ribs---First Attempt

    Fellow eggheads, wanted to share a few pics of my first beef ribs. Not sure the pic does them justice. They were falling off the bone and just incredible.

    Also wanted to give Kristi and her blog a mention here. I followed her recipe---on the bottom of the first page of her blog---beef spare ribs. I've used a few others on her website as well and they have always been terrific.

    I don't typically do a lot of slow cooks but enjoyed the finished product enough that I think I'll do a few more in the near future.
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