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Chicken, Chorizo & Prawn Paella

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As promised here is my Paella recipe. This dish has it’s origins in Spain, more accurately, Valencia, located on the east coast of Spain. Paella also happens to be one of my father’s favorite dishes. I have vague recollections of this dish from my time in Spain but whenever my father reminisces about living in Spain, somehow Paella always manages to get mentioned. There are many different ways to go about making this dish. You can go the all seafood route, a meat and vegetable route, or the one I took which is a mix of all the above. So there you have my inspiration for last nights amazing meal, a walk down memory lane which started  off with me trying to figure out what to do with the boring looking chicken breasts I had defrosting in the fridge. I hope I did this fantastic dish justice. This recipe does take a bit more time than most of my other recipes, you will need approximately 2 hours but it is worth it for how much leftover food you have so do not be scared of all the ingredients and steps below 🙂

Helpful Tip: I put all the dry seasoning & spices in a small bowl so I could simply pour them in together and not have to fiddle around with various containers while cooking.

Ingredients:

  • 10 – 15 Raw Prawns (peeled)
  • 3 Chicken Breasts (cubed)
  • 2 Medium Chorizo (sliced) – I took mine out of the casing first
  • ½ White Onion (chopped)
  • 3 Garlic Cloves (chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 ½ Red Peppers (chopped)
  • 4 Medium Carrots (sliced)
  • 1 (796ml) Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 Pinch Saffron
  • 2 Cups Arborio Rice
  • 4 Cups Boiling Water
  • 1 Chicken Stock Cube
  • 2 ½ Tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • ½ Tsp Turmeric
  • ½ Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Cups Frozen Peas
  • ½ Cup Italian Parsley (chopped)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Lime Wedges for Seasoning at the end

How To:

  1. In a large deep skillet or paella pan, melt the butter with the olive oil, toss in the onion and fry on high until it is slightly golden.
  2. Add in the garlic, carrots and red peppers then saute for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add in the chicken breast and cook for approximately 5 minutes or until you can’t see any pink on the chicken.
  4. Pour in the entire can of tomatoes followed by the chorizo and stir until combined.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium, add in the paprika, chicken cube (crumbled), garlic powder, turmeric, cayenne and saffron stirring constantly to combine it all.
  6. Pour in the rice. Cook for about 5 minutes to allow the rice to be coated in all the sauce. Stir constantly.
  7. Add in 3 cups of the boiling water slowly and stir carefully to combine everything.
  8. Cover the pan and cook on low – medium for 20 minutes stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
  9. Add in the leftover 1 cup of water slowly and combine.
  10. Cook for another 20 – 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
  11. The rice will get plump and slowly start to stick a bit to the bottom of the pan. This is totally fine and adds a great flavor to the dish, just don’t let it burn completely and stir every so often.
  12. Once most of the liquid has evaporated, toss in your raw prawns and place the cover back on to allow the prawns to cook. (approx. 5 mins)
  13. Once the prawns are pink, toss in your parsley and frozen peas. Stir to combine evenly.
  14. Once the peas are defrosted and hot your dish is ready. Add Salt & Pepper to taste.

I served mine up with some fresh lime wedges to squeeze on the dish at the table. It adds a great little burst of flavor. 🙂 Enjoy.

Rustic Venison Meat Sauce on Tagliatelle

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A few months ago at my husband’s Beer Tasting Birthday Party  one of our friends who happens to be an avid hunter put something in our freezer. The next morning while looking for hash browns in our freezer I stumbled upon a random tube of meat labeled “Wild Game”. I asked my husband where it came from and after a quick call we found out his friend had brought it over as a gift and that it was in fact ground venison. It has taken me until now to make a dish with this gift.

This meal came out of a craving for pasta, however, I wanted it to match the type of meat more so I opted for more rustic ingredients to make it more hearty tasting than your standard tomato sauce. The outcome was absolutely delicious and a great change from heavy pasta dishes that leave you belly up on the couch recuperating for half an hour after your meal. This is a wonderful rustic style sauce that can be served with noodles like I did, with rice or even just on it’s own as a stew or sorts. If you choose to serve just the sauce on its own this is also a great paleo dish!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Pound Ground Venison (Bison or another type of lean meat would work too)
  • 2 Springs Fresh Rosemary (finely chopped)
  • 4 Springs Fresh Thyme
  • 1/2 a Sweet White Onion (Chopped)
  • 4 Celery Sticks (Chopped)
  • 3 Medium Carrots (Chopped)
  • 1 Can Stewed Diced Tomatoes (I used unsalted)
  • 8 Crimini Mushrooms (Chopped)
  • 4 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Beef Broth (I used No MSG)
  • 1 Large Organic Garlic Clove (Minced)
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1/2 Tbsp Ground Pepper
  • Seasoning Salt to taste
  • 1 Cup Dry Red Wine (I used a Merlot)
  • Tagliatelle Egg Noodles

How To:

  1. In a large pot heat up your oil then toss in your onions. Cook them until they are turning golden then toss in your garlic.
  2. Once the onions and garlic are golden toss in your meat and break it up so it doesn’t clump. Add your broth and bring to a boil (this will help break the meat up)
  3. Add in the seasonings, fresh rosemary and thyme. Cook and mix together for about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove excess juice from the can of tomatoes then add your carrots, celery and tomatoes into the pot. Cook for 5 more minutes.
  5. Add in your wine and mushrooms and mix everything together.
  6. Cook on low heat for 45 minutes – 1 hour to allow the wine to cook off and to allow the flavors to combine.
  7. While your sauce is cooking make your noodles. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a bit of oil and salt into the water. Put in your noodles and cook for about 10 minutes. This will give you al dente noodles. Strain them from the water and run cold water over them to prevent them from sticking.
  8. Once your sauce is done serve over the noodles.*Optional* You can garnish your dish with fresh parsley and shaved Parmesan cheese like I did.

Enjoy 🙂