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Previous Item: Paella Valenciana (Valencia-Style Paella) with choice of 1) Seafood or 2) Chicken (Time to Cook: 40 min)

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Meal Description

We are taking you to València, the Eastern Spanish port city, for this classic regional dish.   The earliest documentation of Paella dates back to the early 1800s, when the dish consisted on rabbit, chicken and local snails called vaquetes.  While many variations existed, the earliest kinds were products purely of local ingredients.  Saffron, the most expensive spice in the world (it is the pistil of the flower, to be technical), which gives the dish its characteristic flavor, was brought to Spain by Arab traders in the tenth century.  The Moors first brought rice to Spain in the 1300s.  Bomba rice from Calasparra, which has been grown in the Murcia Region of Spain for centuries, is the traditional rice used in Paella. 

All Paellas start with a sofrito, or flavor base, of chopped vegetables cooked in oil—typically garlic and tomatoes, and sometimes onions and Spanish red peppers called ñoras. Rice is then added along with stock and cooked uncovered for 20 min.  The rice will crisp along the bottom forming a socarrat, one of the most prized elements of the dish.

On her last trip to Spain, Cook de Cuisine’s Chairman read every single one of Ernest Hemmingway’s books.  Her favorite, Death in the Afternoon, was Hemmingway’s treatise on Bullfighting, second to the equally mesmerizing The Sun Also Rises.  Like Hemmingway, the Chairman has an insatiable taste for both food and adventure.

Bon Appetite!

Time to Cook:  35 min.

Cook by Day:  Friday (Seafood) / Monday (Chicken)   *Let us know at checkout if you are not cooking on the day of delivery and certain items will be left unprepped.

Items included (serves 4)

  1. Seafood – Cod, Shrimp, Scallops, Squid (may substitute based on freshness)

  2. Amish Raised Free Range Chicken

  3. Chorizo (optional)

  4. Onion, Garlic, Tomatoes, Peppers

  5. Chicken or Lobster stock

  6. Bomba rice from Calasparra, Spain
  7. Saffron Threads

  8. Pimenton

  9. Lemom

*Menu items subject to slight variation based on the availability of fresh ingredients; Picture is not necessarily representative of final dish

Meal Contains (including add-ons):    Fish, Shellfish.  We store, portion, and package various meal kits containing all eight (8) major allergens (milk, wheat, egg, soy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts) and cannot guarantee that cross-contamination will not occur between kits.

Add-on Checkout Items

  1. Double the Protein

  2. Pimientos al ajo Y Vinagre de Jerez (Roasted Red Peppers with Sherry Vinegar) served with crusty bread

  3. Kid’s Meal – Chicken, Rice, & Veggies

Bon Appétit!