Seafood Paella Recipe

 

Now that the weather is warming up and we are all coming out of hibernation it’s the perfect entertaining weather.

 

You might be dusting off the bottles of white wine and looking for some sunshine and delicious eats.

 

And what could be better than a delicious seafood Paella with fresh mussels and prawns? Yes, please!

 

This dish pairs perfectly with a crisp white wine like our 2019 Sauvignon Blanc.

 

What you’ll need:

 

1 x bag of mussels
1 tbsp olive oil
2 chorizo sausages, chopped
1 cup pancetta, cut into small pieces
1 red capsicum, deseeded and roughly chopped
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped
1 bunch parsley, stalks and tops separated, both roughly chopped
Sea salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 pinch saffron
1 cup paella rice (medium grain rice will do)
1 x large can of chopped tomatoes
4 cups chicken stock
1 x can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
12 large prawns, shells removed
A handful green beans, trimmed and sliced
Lemon wedges to serve

 

Method:

 

Rinse fresh Mussels under tap water.

 

Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.

 

Add the chorizo and pancetta. Fry until everything is crispy.

 

Add the pepper, garlic, onion, parsley stalks, salt, pepper, paprika and saffron. Sauté over low heat for 10 minutes, until vegetables soften.

 

Add the rice and chickpeas and stir well to coat the rice.

 

Then add 3/4 of the stock, bring to a boil then turn down to a gentle simmer. Stir from time to time, about 15 minutes, until rice still has a little bite to it.

 

Add Mussels and Prawns, plus a little more liquid, if it looks dry. Stir well until the mussels begin to open. Add green beans and cook, stirring, a few minutes more, until rice is nicely cooked through.

 

Serve with lemon wedges and chopped fresh parsley.