Yummy & easy. I halved this recipe for the two of us & I used a bunch of substitutions since I just needed a bit of a reminder what all goes in Paella. THE SAFFRON IS ESSENTIAL! Turmeric will turn it yellow but adds the wrong flavour entirely - tends toward bitterness. And yes, I like to use a lot of saffron when I cook with it - I used three pinches of it along with two bay leaves. Breakfast sausage, frozen chopped turkey breast and bay scallops (all bits & pieces from the freezer) went in mine. Instead of paprika & crushed red pepper flakes I used ground chipotle peppers, and ditched the flat leaf parsley and chicken stock. I also put a big glug of lemon juice on top of the meats and onion/pepper mix before folding it into the basmati rice I chose to use. It tastes best with a good grinding of alder smoked sea salt crystals on top and a lot of freshly ground pepper.
My husband was surprised that he liked it, as simple as it is. His favorite question when I'm cooking dinner is "Have you made this before?" which really means "Do I like this?" This is a good recipe for cleaning out your freezer (as is jambalaya.)
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Yummy & easy. I halved this recipe for the two of us & I used a bunch of substitutions since...