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Recipe

Paella

  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 3-pound chicken, cut into small pieces (about 12)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions
  • 3/4 cup chopped green bell peppers
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 6 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped andouille sausage
  • 3 cups uncooked rice
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped peeled tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 9 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons Creole Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 6 cups white chicken stock
  • 3 small (1 to 1 1/4 pounds each) lobsters, lightly steamed, cut into serving pieces
  • 36 scrubbed littleneck clams
  • 36 mussels, scrubbed and debearded
  • 18 medium shrimp in their shells (about 3/4 pound)

Directions

  • Sprinkle chicken pieces evenly with salt and 18 turns of pepper. Pat in seasoning with your hands. Heat oil in a large deep saucepan over high heat. Add chicken and sear until brown on all sides, about 4 minutes. Add onions, bell peppers, celery, garlic, sausage and rice and stir fry 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, Worcestershire, hot sauce, bay leaves, Creole seasoning and saffron and simmer 1 minute. Add stock, stir well and bring to a boil. Cover and cook 4 minutes.
  • Add lobster, tucking pieces into rice, cover and cook 4 minutes. Add clams, cover and cook 4 minutes. Add mussels and shrimp, cover and cook until rice is tender and shellfish are opened, about 3 minutes. Discard any mussels or clams that have not opened.
  • Serve in large shallow bowls. Place empty bowls on table for shells.