What is paella?

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I have never heard of that name on foods.




  1. A dish from Spain made with rice, vegetables and seafood. It has a yellow color.

  2. Now you have.  It is a spanish dish, typical everywhere in Spain or anywhere you see Spanish foods.  

    Typically, it is made with rice, vegetables and saffron, which gives it the yellow color, although there are some different varieties.  

    A Paella Valenciana (the original) has chicken, chorizo, cod, and seafood, with carrots, peas, onions, tomatoes, green and red bell peppers and garlic.

    A black Paella has no saffron, and is colored with squid ink, which gives it its color, and has only seafood in it.

    A Noodle paella, substitutes noodles (very thin, like angel hair) for rice.

    And vegetable paella adds different vegetables, eliminatiing meats.

    You can make it with any mixture of meats that interest you.

    I like all seafood, including shrimp, scallops, clams, oysters, mussels, squid and octopus.  Sometimes my husband asks me to skip a lot of the less common foods in America.  He's not fond of the mussels and octopus.

    It's sort of a catchall dish that can add or subract whatever ingredients you like.  

    The reason it's called paella, by the way, is that it's made in a pan that is called a paella (the name refers to the pan, first, the dish, later), and traditionally, it's made by the men on an open fire, on Sundays, giving the women a break from the kitchen.

    BTW:  you usually see paella served as a first plate at a menú del día, and you will rarely see it served after about 5:00 pm, so if you want to look like you know what you're doing, don't order it that late.

  3. Rice with vegetables and seafood.
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