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March 27th is National Spanish Paella Day
you're looking for something to do today then I hope you have a big
frying pan because it's National Spanish Paella Day! Get
for a buffet in a pan! Let's get right into celebrating
Spanish Paella Day!
WHY IS THIS A
If you've had paella before then you know why this is a
but if you haven't then let me tell you why... THIS STUFF IS GOOD!
People love this buffet in a pan so much that they feel the need to
celebrate it at least once a year. I bet you saw that coming, huh?
And yes, the holiday is called National "Spanish" Paella Day
to Spaniards this is a Valencian rice dish, because that's where it
originated in mid-19th century. Valencia is on the east coast of Spain
and this dish got its roots near lake Albufera.
There are three
different types of paella but if you want the true Valencian version
you'll want to include white rice, green vegetables, meat like rabbit,
chicken or duck, land snails, beans and seasoning. There is also
seafood paella which swaps out the meat above for seafood and doesn't
include beans or green vegetables. Or you can have a mixed paella which
is a combination of the meats, seafood, vegetables and even sometimes
beans. So as you can see, you're getting a full balanced meal
one pan and, when they cook it, it's usually in a giant paella pan. And
sometimes they'll garnish it with vegetables and meats to make it look
all pretty before people start digging into it. Anxious to
So how can you celebrate today? Well, there are 3 basic ways
to celebrate... The first way is to find a restaurant that cooks paella
every single day. That way you know that they have their
perfected, it won't be a hassle to wait for and you didn't have to cook
anything. Just sit back and wait for it to be set down in
The second way is to find some paella in a box.
Yep! Some companies actually cut some of the work out of it
you and pop the rice and other ingredients in a box. Sure,
won't be as healthy of an option because of the preservatives and
ingredients, but it saved you a little time right? And
it still comes out pretty dang tasty. And the last way would
to heat up some oil in a big frying pan and start sauteing your meat
after you seasoned it with some salt. Then you'll add in your
green vegetables and saute them until they're soft. Then
add in grated tomatoes, beans and maybe garlic and saute
Then you'll add in some water, saffron, snails and rosemary.
you'll want to boil it down until it's reduced by half. Then
your rice, simmer it until the rice is cooked and then garnish it with
some fresh rosemary. Quite a meal, huh? Now you see
they make such large amounts of it; they don't want to have to cook it
again anytime soon! Enjoy your day and dig in!