P as Paella

Paella recipe from our embassador Francesca:

Ingredients (6 persons):
  • 600 gr. rice
  • 6 prawns
  • 6 shrimps
  • 2 kg. of mussels
  • 1 kg .of clams
  • 3 small squids
  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • 3 sausages
  • 300 gr. of peas
  • 4 small tomatoes
  • 100 g of green beans dishes
  • 2 red peppers
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 4 sachets of saffron
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup of oil
Let drain the clams in salted water for about an hour. Clean the mussels, prawns, shrimps and squids. Cut the squids into rings. Wash the peppers and cut into groundwater. Wash green beans and cut them into small pieces. Clean the tomatoes and cut them into cubes.
In a bowl, add the chopped tomatoes with garlic and paprika and set aside.
Wash the lemon and cut it into six wedges. Cut the sausage into small pieces and remove the skin with chicken drumsticks.
In a large pot you open the mussels and clams over high heat. Strain the liquid that will be released and keep aside. Shell the mussels except for a dozen of the largest that will be used for garnishing. United fluid of mussels as much water as will serve to have a stock in such quantity as to be almost three times the amount of rice. Do not add salt because the water mussels is already quite salty. Put a large pan on the fire, pour the oil and fry the peppers until they are browned. Set aside.
Let it cook the shrimp scampi and very fast (takes a couple of minutes) and set aside.
Cook the chicken and sausage until golden brown, then add the tomatoes and green beans. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, then add the peas and a glass of water. When the water is consumed, add the rice and broth (keep aside a cup that will serve to dilute the saffron), mix all ingredients well and do not mix more rice during cooking.
Almost at the end of cooking, add the squid , mussels (except the ones with the half shell), clams and saffron. When all the liquid is consumed, the rice is cooked.
Arrange the shrimp on top of rice, prawns, the peppers, mussels with half shell and lemon wedges.

In our cooking trip around the European Community countries, Paella represents Spain:
Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a sovereign state and a member state of the European Union. It is located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. Its mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar; to the north and north east by France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west and northwest by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of three countries (Morocco, France) to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. Spain's 1,214 km (754 mi) border with Portugal is the longest uninterrupted border within the European Union.

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