Family Style Seafood Paella
April 25, 2014
Do not be afraid to improvise if you don’t have everything you “need” in the kitchen. The lack of Paella pan should not stop you from making this glorious family meal. I made it without one.
Paella has long been on my list of foods to make. The delay centered around the fact that I do not own a Paella pan. I have eaten it many times and also watched it being prepared by others on a few occasions. One of those times it was prepared by Raw Materials chef, Rob. I asked him if it was possible to cook paella in an iron based pan and he indicated that yes you could but it is much better in a paella pan. A Paella pan distributes the heat in the manner that allows the sought after crust to form on the base of the dish.
I really, truly can not fit another pan or pot of any sort into my kitchen at the moment so I avoided buying one. I did however, grab some Bomba Rice from Rob and let it sit in my pantry for a while…….until I could avoid it no longer.
This is my version of Paella, without the pan, and it was GREAT! We have eaten it many times since and it is truly a richly satisfying family meal that is not at all difficult to make. I apologise to Rob and all of the Paella purists, I am certain it would be even better in a Paella pan. Sometimes that extra purchase of an unnecessary item must be avoided and alternatives sought. This is mine, enjoy!
Have you ever improvised in the kitchen to create something?
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