Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Easy and Delicious Chicken and Sausage Paella

I first became acquainted with paella in my high school Spanish class.  We played endless games of Scrabble in Spanish and memorized endless dialogues.  Does the following dialogue ring a bell with anyone?   "Esta Susanna en casa?  Si, esta con una amiga...."  

I was the fortunate winner of a copper bottom paella pan from a contest sponsored by Michael West, hostess of  Designs by Gollum.    Thank you Michael!

See the clouds and my red geraniums reflected in the copper bottom?

I love the shape of the pan.

This is MY version of paella.  Traditional paella has seafood in it; seafood and I don't get along.  Have I ever told you about the time that I was coerced to eat an oyster shooter by my colleagues at a very fine seafood restaurant?   As soon as I ate it, I ran from the table.  They could have told me that you are not supposed to chew!  Okay, I didn't think I was eating Jell-O.  I digress, so this is my version of a sausage and chicken paella; it is delicious and easy to make.

Usually paella is seasoned with saffron.  Saffron is a very expensive spice; one bottle retailed for $18 at my grocery store.  So, I cheated and used Mahatma's saffron rice. 

Sausage and Chicken Paella

1 green pepper, diced in small pieces
1 onion, diced in small pieces
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 pound hot Italian sausage, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
Place pepper, onion, garlic, sausage, and oil in paella pan or medium-sized dutch oven.  Saute until sausage is browned and thoroughly cooked.

1 pound chicken, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 to 2-1/4 cups chicken broth
1 (14.5 ounce) can of diced tomatoes
2 packages of Mahatma saffron rice -- you could also use arborio rice
1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes -- depending on your heat tolerance

Sliced green onions
Sliced green olives

Add chicken, chicken broth, tomatoes, rice, and red pepper flakes to the sausage, pepper, and onion mixture.  Bring to a boil and simmer 45 minutes to 1 hour on low heat.  Garnish with onions and olives.

Note:  If you used arborio or long grain rice, you will need to kick up your dish with some additional spices, such as cayenne pepper or saffron. 

Now you know that yellow mushy rice doesn't make for a great photo.

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Barbara F. said...

Recipe looks and sounds delicious, Joni. I love paella. I do like seafood, but I would love to make this. I don't have a proper pan, though. xo,

La said...

This sounds delicious, Joni. I've always wanted to try paella, but never have. Maybe the time has come to try it.

Jacqueline said...

Your pan is just stunning! I need to make it again. I think I did it once, but what a pan to serve it in. We have nice stainless ones we got in Italy last time, but this copper is great. What a lucky girl you are.

We are home! The computers didn't work well over there and wouldn't let me on to comment, then when we got to Italy her computer wouldn't upload so I will just have to do the trip now.
Lots of love,

Marlis said...

Lucky girl you!!! I have pan envy.. the copper makes so much difference. Love the recipe.. sounds so good.. many blessings, marlis

Kathleen said...

Lucky you, what a great pan! I haven't made paella in ages, the seafood got so expensive! Lobster tails, no way! Yours sounds like a delicious affordable version!

Pondside said...

I love paella - but the kind with seafood. We make it every summer and have guests to share it. I'll have to look for that rice!

Lynn said...

Dinner looks yummy Joni! Love that beautiful pan! I'm sure you'll have lots of fun cooking up great things with it-enjoy:@)

Marigene said...

Sounds delicious...I love saffron flavored rice. Great paella pan.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

This sounds like a delicious, easy and affordable way to make paella! What a beautiful paella pan - congratulations!

Debbie said...

Paella is one of those dishes that I have always wanted to make but never have. It looks delicious.

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Sue said...

I don't know, I think it looks like "stick to your ribs" deliciousness:) I've never made paella, but we even have some saffron that my husband picked up at Costco. What a nice shiny pan you won~congrats!
Love your oyster story:) I was only confronted with oysters once, when I was about 11 years old and was on Cape Cod visiting relatives. I would not touch them! :)

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Congrats on winning the beautiful pan! I have been putting off buying one and I love paella. And I already have the saffron ;o) I always order paella when we visit my MIL in New York City. Your recipe sounds delicious!

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Joy Tilton said...

I love saffron but it is too pricey for me. I've seen the yellow rice but never bought it, this looks like something we would LOVE. Thanks for another great recipe!

Vicki V @ said...

I was just thinking about making paella from scratch because I have some saffron in the pantry. I have a friend whose husband brought it back from Iraq (cheaper there, I guess). I will add the seafood, though! :)