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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Quick Paella #Foodie Friday

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Quick Paella


I saw some really excellent looking chorizo sausage in my green market and bought it with the thought, "I'm mix it with some seafood." When I spent time in Portugal, which neighbors Spain home of paella, I really loved the dishes they make with pork and shellfish... there is something really amazing that happens when you mix the two together.  

On my evening dog walk a friend was telling me about an excellent paella he just made and that is when the thought came to me, "I have shrimp and chicken in the fridge I'm going to make a quick paella with the chorizo I just bought... and here is the result which was goobled up by my family. You don't have to follow this recipe to the letter, add in what you have on hand... it's a great way to use up leftovers.


Quick Paella

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com
preparation time: 20 minutes                        Serves: 4 -6

Ingredients:

1 cup chopped chorizo sausage
1 cup cooked & peeled shrimp
1 cup cooked shredded chicken
cups cooked rice 
1 cup of salsa (any heat you like)
1 teaspoon of saffron
1/2 cup of peas
1 onion chopped 
1 red pepper
1 cup of chopped olives or tapenda
1 cup of mushrooms chopped
2 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
* optional garnish shredded manchego cheese


Directions:

1) In a large skillet saute in olive oil any uncooked vegetables or meat.

2) After everything is cooked mix it all together in the skillet and heat it through.






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Foodie Friday Features:


From: Delectably Domestic

panzanella
Caprese Panzanella Salad
       Cheese, bread, tomatoes... to me a perfect summer lunch or light dinner.


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Zucchini & Carmelized Onion Galette
Zucchini & Carmelized Onion Galette

This is just the most beautiful looking vegetarian entre and it is filled with healthy cheeses and seasonal vegetables.


From: Bakewell Junction

cherry quick bread
Fresh Cherry Quick Bread

 A simple dessert easy to whip up for a summer's evening and it is made with one of my favorite fruits of the season: cherries.



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42 comments:

  1. Diane,
    Thanks for featuring my Cherry Quick Bread and hosting such a lovely party every week. Have a great weekend.
    Annamaria

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    1. You are very welcome. I will be pinning and tweeting it too this week.

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  2. Your paella sounds so good, Diane! I've pinned it! Thanks for the party - Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks for pinning it Jamie... it is easy and really delicious. Thanks for coming to the party always good to see you.

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  3. Yum! Paella sounds fantastic! Haven't made it in a long time...Thank you for hosting the party!

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    1. I haven't made it either in a long time.. the slow cooking is better but this is great for a weeknight.

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  4. Diane, your paella is to die for--pinning!

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    1. Thanks for the pin Sherry... hey, the NYTimes just did an article about corn ice cream... you were ahead of the Times pretty impressive.

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  5. Hi Diane,

    Paella is a hard spot for me. I've had it in restaurants where it was great. I've fixed it at home where it was fair to not so great. Not that it was bad food, just not worth the time and effort compared to other dishes I cook. I'll try your recipe and we'll see..... Hoping for good results

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    1. Good luck.. this isn't going to taste like a slow cooked restaurant version... but it tasty for a weeknight.

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  6. Hi Diane,
    Thank you so much for featuring my Zucchini Caramelized Onion Galette, it is an honor to be featured on your blog.

    Your Paella looks wonderful, it brings back warm memories of the last night we enjoyed Paella with friends in Oregon, sigh. Hope you are having a great week and thanks for a fabulous party!
    Miz Helen

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    1. I love a good memory connected to a meal. You are welcome about your feature... amazingly executed.

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  7. yummm, I love chorizo and this sounds so good!

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    1. The paella was basically an excuse to eat chorizo. I love it too.

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  8. Yum...I love paella! Thanks so much for the party Diane. Have a fabulous weekend!

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    1. You too Lisa... always enjoy your musings with your recipes.

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  9. Your paella sounds delicious, Diane! I love recipes that use up leftovers. The salsa and the olives sounds like wonderful additions too. Thank you for hosting Foodie Friday. This week I've shared a Pancetta and Lemon Spaghetti Parmesan. Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Wow, can't wait to check out your recipe... yes, this paella used up what was in the fridge... having been raised by a Depression era mom I feel good about that.

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    1. Thanks Adelina... maybe if you skipped the shrimp your husband might like this?

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    2. Ha! The shrimp makes it! I'll have to make it special for me one night. It looks like Mark will be taking a lot of business trips over the next few months.

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  11. Thank you Diane for another great party!
    I wish you a wonderful and relaxing weekend :)

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    1. Thanks Winnie... hope you have a wonderful weekend too.

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  12. That looks AWESOME but it really made me laugh because I make a version called Country Redneck Chicken Paella. Ha, ha!
    Thanks for hosting!
    ~Stacy @ Stacy Makes Cents

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    1. I love the name of your paella mine should be called, "Leftover Paella"

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  13. Your paella looks and sounds fantastic. And how nice that it's easy. We could all use easy, especially in the summer. Thanks for hosting each week and I hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Sam

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    1. Yes, this is not the gourmet version you get in a Spanish restaurant but it was enjoyed.

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  14. Thanks for hosting! Hope you have a good weekend... I might be making Paella! :-)

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    1. I hope you give it a try Deb... thanks for coming by.

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  15. Dear Diane, Thank you for hosting! The paella looks delicious...it's making me hungry! So glad to be celebrating Foodie Friday with everyone. Blessings, Catherine xo

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    1. Thank you Catherine so glad you could make it to the party.

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  16. Thanks a bunch for hosting this week Diane.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    All the best,
    Nancy

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    1. You are welcome looking forward to checking out your recipe.

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  17. Your Quick Paella looks divine! Have bookmarked it to try the next time I have cooked rice to use up. Thanks for hosting such a fun and delicious party!
    Warmly,
    Martha

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    1. Great idea Martha... yes, I love recipes that help me use up leftovers. Good to see you here.

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  18. Oh Diane, I would like to make paella but I lack saffron. Thank you for hosting this link up!

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    1. You can skip the saffron, put a little bit of curry powder.

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  19. Mmmmm...I adore paella! Thanks for sharing the quick version!!!

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  20. Your paella looks so delicious!!!! It's one of my favorite dishes, and when we were in Spain we ate so much of it and I loved it! I'll have to try making some at home too, yours looks wonderful!!!!

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    1. I hope you enjoy this Maria but please remember this is a quick version, it does not have the creamy texture and complexity of flavor that you get from slow cooking.

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  21. Your recipe is awesome and thank you so much for sharing it with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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