1 September 2008

Red Prawn Paella

The red paella is a classic version of paella here in Spain. A lighter version of Spain's most famous dish with a sweet juicy flavour from the peppers and tomatoes. Given its name "paella rojo" as the dish is a fabulous deep red colour, makes a great centre piece to any outdoor or indoor function.


400g fresh prawns
1 onion
2 red peppers
4 vine tomatoes
4 cloves garlic
350g Calasparra Rice
1 litre chicken or fish stock
3 tablespoons virgen olive oil
150g roasted piquillo peppers
¼ teaspoon sweet Paprika
¼ teaspoon saffron
Salt and pepper

How to cook:

1.Peel the onion and chop finely, peel and crush the garlic. Chop the piquillo peppers and vine tomatoes into small pieces. Clean and peel the prawns thoroughly. Put the stock onto heat.

2.Heat the oil in a paella pan and add the onion and garlic. Cook gently for a few minutes. Add the red pepper and cook for a further 5 minutes, then add the tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes or so.

3.Add the rice a ladleful at a time and cook for 5 minutes stirring all the time until the rice is translucent. Then add the stock again using a ladle, Calasparra rice needs 1½ parts stock to 1 part rice.

4.Add the saffron, paprika, prawns, salt and pepper. Stir once to mix then lower the heat and cover. Cook for around 20-25 minutes until the stock has been absorbed by the rice.

5.Turn off the heat, add the piquillo peppers and cover again for 5 minutes before serving.



Cutie said...

Oh,this is beautiful. I'm starving. Hehe... I love paella, I love prawns, so what is there not to like about this dish. Hehe....

Orce Serrano Hams said...

Glad you enjoyed the recipe! We cook paella regularly, good thing about paella is its so versitile so almost any combination of meat/fish/veg etc is possible to make a great dish.

Denise said...

Looks wonderful!