This traditional paella recipe is cooked on the BBQ and is based on what is thought to be the original paella. Valencian paella containing rabbit, chicken, beans and artichokes… I have however skipped the snails, I couldn’t find any that looked tasty in the garden!
Traditional Paella Recipe Cooked On The BBQ.
My latest recipe is a traditional paella recipe cooked outside on the barbecue. In many ways cooking a paella this way is not all that different to cooking one over a traditional gas flame.
Paella is another of the worlds great rice dishes, like Biriyani from India and Persia or Risotto from Italy. But there are so many, like Jollof from West Africa, Jambalaya from the US or Nasi Goreng from Indonesia, and so many more!
Paella recipes have a long-standing association with seafood and I love seafood. Alas, Hungary having no ‘sea’ means it is rare in these parts!
You may be surprised to know that what is widely acknowledged to be the oldest paella recipe has no seafood. Valencian Paella is a great dish to cook on the BBQ and I use a traditional mix of rabbit and chicken.
Like all of my recipes, I have taken some liberties but this remains largely a traditional paella recipe. Although I did choose to omit the apparently obligatory snails, primarily because I can’t find them here!
What Rice To Use For Paella?
Paella rice is always a short grain rice, I personally use a variety called Bomba. Other varieties like senia and bahfa are available.
You can at a push use a short-grained risotto rice, it will not be perfect and the food police will be shocked. But it will work and be a half-decent approximation.
The most important thing with a paella recipe is to not stir your rice. When you make a risotto like this pumpkin risotto the stirring releases the starches which gives the creamy texture.
That is the very last thing you want when cooking a paella. You want to treat your rice with kid gloves, stir as little as possible. In fact, pour it gently and don’t mess around with it.
In many ways, a paella is an infinitely simpler dish than a risotto. When cooking a risotto you sip your wine whilst stirring. With a traditional paella recipe, you get to sit down and enjoy your wine. It is the law!
One Pot Cooking!
A traditional paella recipe is the very epitome of one pot cooking… So much so you can eat it straight from the pan, often the way myself and my wife eat this when we cook on the BBQ.
I am sure I have mentioned this before but we have a rule in our house that the cook never washes up. As a result, my wife loves it when I do a dish like this as that washing up pile is very small.
Regular readers may well understand that this often isn’t the case…
There is a beautiful simplicity about a well-cooked paella recipe. They are not strikingly beautiful and you should never trust a paella that is!
A paella is chucked in a pan and cooked for 25-35 minutes, so the vegetables are not bright and vibrant. But everything just looks as though it is proper and should be just the way it is.
Golden and beautiful!