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Paella is a great dish for sharing with friends and it is easy to alter the ingredients to suit availability.

Make it Different

Paella is a great dish for altering the ingredients and experimenting. If, for example, you don’t like squid, leave it out and add an alternative seafood.

Missing Ingredients?

It is always the best option to use fresh local ingredients so see what you can find at the local fishmongers – if they don’t have something that is listed, substitute it or add more of what you can get.

Ingredients(6 people)

170g chorizo cut into slices

110g pancetta, cut into thin slices

2 cloves garlic – finely chopped

1 large Spanish onion – finely chopped

1 red pepper – diced

1 tsp fresh thyme

2 fresh red chillies – chopped

570ml calasparra risotto rice

1 tsp smoked paprika

125ml dry white wine

1.2ltr chicken stock

a good pinch of saffron

2 chicken breast fillets

18 clams

18 good sized mussels (cleaned)

110g frozen peas

4 large tomatoes – chopped

125ml good olive oil

1 head garlic peeled and chopped

a little olive oil

12 Langoustines

450g squid cleaned and thinly sliced

handful of chopped parsley

salt and pepper

Make sure that the mussels have been cleaned and prepared

Fry the pancetta, chorizo, garlic, onion, red pepper, chilli, thyme and the chicken to release all the flavours for about 5 minutes

Add the rice, paprika and wine and cook for 2 minutes

Add the chicken stock and chopped tomatoes and cook for a further 10 minutes

Add the langoustines and cook for 6-7 minutes.

Meanwhile heat some oil in a pan and fry the garlic and squid for 1 minute and then add to the paella

Sprinkle with the chopped parsley

Taste and season with salt and pepper

Serve and enjoy! – Paella is best served with the dish as a center piece allowing your guests to help themselves

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