The inspiration for this dish came from a bag of mixed seafood I found at Trader Joe's. I wanted to do something special with this seafood, not just a simple stir fry, and since I've always wanted to try paella, this was my chance.
This is a really fun dish to make and enjoy with guests. There is something for everyone and one thing is for sure, there won't be any leftovers! Enjoy!!
2 TB Olive Oil
1 TB Minced Garlic
1 medium Onion, chopped
1 small Red Pepper, chopped
1 small Yellow Pepper, chopped
5 oz pkg Riojano Sliced Chorizo
1 cup Yellow Rice with Saffron
2 1/4 cups Chicken Broth
1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
1 tsp Kosher Salt
1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1 cup Frozen Baby Peas
12 Fresh Clams, scrubbed
12 Fresh Mussels, scrubbed
12 Fresh Shrimp, shelled and deveined, leaving tail attached
1 pkg Trader Joe's Frozen Seafood Mix (shrimp, scallops and calamari), defrosted
Heat oil in a large stock pot or paella pan over medium-high heat. When oil begins to shimmer add the garlic, onion, peppers and chorizo. Cook until vegetables are softened, about 4 minutes.
Stir in the rice, broth, paprika, salt and pepper and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until about half of the liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes.
Add the peas to the pot and stir gently. Add the clams, mussels and shrimp to the pot, pressing the shellfish down into the rice and broth, then add the package of Seafood Mix, again lightly pushing the seafood into the rice and broth. Cook for 4 - 5 minutes or until the shells are opened and the shrimp are pink and cooked through. (Discard any mussels or clams that did not open.)
Serve the Paella with lemon wedges on the side and a glass of light red Rioja or Chianti wine.