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FAVORITE FOODS - Paella

  Date: October 2, 2014
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  BEST PAELLA 1:

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  PHOTO ENTRY NAME:  PAELLA DE PICADILLO
  SOURCE:  Paella, Paella
  DATE FIRST COOKED:  June 25, 2011
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This is the best paella I have made to date. It is actually different from the typical paella cook. The dish combines two Spanish favorites: picadillo and paella. Picadillo is a dish often served in the summer. This recipe combined picadillo with a bare-bones paella to make something where the total is greater than the sum of the parts. It is a bit tricky to make on several fronts. The picadillo uses some hard-to-find ingredients. But the big trick is getting the picdillo and the paella to finish up at the same time since they need to finish together. But as you can see from my calling it the best paella I have made, the little extra work is worth the effort.

  BEST PAELLA 2:

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  PHOTO ENTRY NAME:  PAELLA EXTREMENA
  SOURCE:  Paella, Paella
  DATE FIRST COOKED:  October 2, 2011
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This paella comes from a very arid region of Spain and is considered a simple meal or peasant food. It actually uses a lot of ingredients compared to most paellas, but it makes up for it with a very simple cook compared to the typical paella. It is an absolutely wonderful blend of flavors and the rice comes out more flavorful than any other paella I've had. This is a close second to the Paella de Picadillo as my favorite paella.

  BEST PAELLA 3:

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  PHOTO ENTRY NAME:  LAMB & RED PEPPER PAELLA
  SOURCE:  Mike's Table website
  DATE FIRST COOKED:  March 10, 2013
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This was the first paella I made on my Big Green Egg as well as my first lamb paella. I was happy to discover that my existing paella pan just fit on my Egg. I was looking forward to the ability to add more wood smoke by using the Egg. It was also a learning experience. I will definitely need to use a second Egg if I get into a more complex paella that requires me to have multiple pans of food to be heating at once. The flavor of this paella was wonderful, some of it coming from the lamb and some of it coming from the additional wood smoke I was able to get into the food.

  BEST PAELLA 4:

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  PHOTO ENTRY NAME:  PAELLA PRIMAVERA
  SOURCE:  Planet Barbecue
  DATE FIRST COOKED:  September 25, 2010
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This paella was a bit of a surprise to everyone concerned. It is an all vegetable paella, but the number and variety of vegetables produced a paella that even a gathering of carnivores loved. This paella tasted every bit as good as it looked-and it looked amazing. There was quite a bit of advanced prep and grilling involved, But after tasting the finish product I would do it again in a heartbeat. So if you are a meat lover, like me, don't overlook this paella just because it is all vegetables.

  Motivation:

People are always asking me what my favorite recipes are. This section had it's origins in a seven part BLOG entry I wrote in 2011 called A Few of My Favorite Things. I have made many great dishes since then and also started making other types of foods such as Stir Fries. This section needed to be updated and expanded to stay current or be dropped. I chose the later and you have the results of my reworking the section in the Fall of 2014
  Paella Info:
The PAELLA section of the site is rather small with only 10 entries, I like paellas so much I could say go look at tall of them. I've man gad to chose 4 of the best of the best for inclusion here.

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