Patti’s Peasant Paella

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Pattis Paella Patti’s Peasant PaellaThere is no “right” way to make Paella. The internet if flooded with variations. And honestly, with the exception of our four-couple Gourmet Club cook-a-thons, I’m too cheap to attempt something that a nice restaurant would produce beautifully and effortlessly. Buying just a few clams, scallops, mussels, squid, shrimp, a lobster tail to make dinner for two can sound romantic and inspiring, but not gonna happen here.

For Larry and me, I cook frugally. This simple recipe of sausage, shrimp and brown rice with saffron was easy to prepare, and I thought it came out close enough in my book to call Paella. Or at least, Patti’s Paella, priced for the peasant in all of us.

Patti’s Peasant Paella

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 brown onion, diced
  • Pinch saffron
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 6 ounces cooked turkey sausage, sliced
  • 6 oz. cooked peeled, deveined shrimp
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • Sliced lemon wedges, for flavoring

In a heavy bottom skillet, heat the olive oil.  Stir together red pepper, onion and saffron until vegetables are soft. Remove to a plate.  Add chicken stock and turkey sausage, heat through.  Stir in rice and shrimp, heat through. Serve immediately with lemon wedges. Makes 2 large servings plus leftovers for one lunch – mine.

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1 Robin January 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Love the alliteration, Patty!
Agreed that, though there might be a ‘classic’ paella in someone’s book, it’s still a whatever-we’ve-got-on-hand kind of dish—very forgiving and ultimately CHOW-able!

2 Gretchen January 22, 2010 at 12:06 pm

This one has my name all over it. So I’m forwarding it to Pete to make for me.

3 Kelly January 14, 2010 at 10:00 am

Yum. That looks fantastic.

4 Pam January 14, 2010 at 7:17 am

Wholly yum…your dish looks so good!


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