Sunday, May 13, 2012

Lobster Kielbasa Paella

Happy Mother's Day!

It's the perfect spring day in Delaware and we enjoyed our lunch outdoors in my Mom's gazebo. How cute.

This was my maiden voyage in paella-making and it is hands down one of the most simple and quick dishes that has more complex flavors then some multiple-hour dishes. I am excited to add this to my collection of go-to meals! I can't believe I've waited this long to make it myself. Don't be like me - get it done for your next meal, no special occasion required - it comes together in one hour tops! Serve it with an avocado and tomato salad topped with lime mojo and you've got one delicious meal.

Tune in tomorrow for my hopefully successful flourless chocolate cake (which is in the oven now!)

Lobster Kielbasa Paella
serves 6-8
adapted from Ina Garten

1/4 c olive oil
1.5 c chopped yellow onion (about 2 small)
1.5 c thinly sliced red pepper (1 large or 2 small)
6 cloves of garlic minced, at least 2 tbs
2 c basmati rice
5 c chicken stock
1/4 tsp saffron threads, partially broken
1/4 tsp red chile pepper flakes
1 tbs sea salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1.5 lbs cooked lobster meat
1 lb kielbasa, thinly sliced
1 package frozen peas (10 oz)
1 tbs parsley, chopped
2 lemons, cut into quarters for placing on the side of the skillet

-Preheat the oven to 425. Get out a large dutch oven, creuset or iron skillet. Heat oil in your pot, add onions and cook for 5 minutes over medium-low. Add red peppers and cook for another 5. Add in the garlic, cook for one minute and then stir in the rice, stock, saffron, pepper flakes, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover the pot and place in the oven for 15 minutes. At this point, gently stir the rice with a wooden spoon and return it to the oven uncovered for the rice to finish cooking (check after 10 minutes.)
- Once the rice is done, bring the pot out of the oven, stir in your proteins and peas very gently to incorporate. Cover with the lid and allow to sit for 10 minutes then serve. Garnish with the parsley and lemon.

1 comment:

  1. Glad you enjoyed the paella, in Spain I eat it almost every Sunday, my dad is the best making them!!!