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Paella is a Valencian rice dish that originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century near lake Albufera, a lagoon in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain. Many non-Spaniards view paella as Spain's national dish, but most Spaniards consider it to be a regional Valencian dish. Valencians, in turn, regard paella as one of their identifying symbols.
2 medium-sized crabs
2 cups fresh clams
8 raw medium-to-large shrimp
1 cup light rum
1 cup olive oil (Half extra-virgin and half regular)
1 small chicken, cut into 12 serving pieces (about 2 pounds), patted dry with paper towels
2 cups boneless pork (loin or butt), trimmed of fat and cut into 1 inch cubes, patted dry with paper towels
8 garlic cloves, minced
2 medium-sized onions, finely chopped
2 Portuguese sausages, sliced on the diagonal into 6 pieces
2 sweet red peppers, cored, seeded, and cut into thin strips
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
3 cups long-grain rice, washed and drained
3 cups chicken stock
to teaspoon salt
1/2 cup frozen green peas, thawed
4 medium-sized squid, body only, well cleaned, and sliced into 1/2 inch rings
1. In a steamer, bring water to a rolling boil. Place crabs on steamer tray. On another steamer tray arrange the clams. When there is a full head of steam, but the crabs and clams inside and steam for about 8 min. Uncover and remove the trays, discarding any clams but did not open. Set aside to cool.
2. Measure 2 cups of the liquid from the steamer and pour it into a medium-sized bowl. You may save the remainder of the liquid by freezing and use a later time.
3. Cut the crabs in half with a heavy cleaver and discard the innards and kills. Separate the clause from the bodies and cracked him.
4. Pour the rum into a large saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Put in the crab house and claws, cover and reduced to low heat, and let the crap simmer for about 10 min. Using a slotted spoon to drain the crab pieces, remove and set aside.
5. Leave the saucepan on the heat and put the shrimp into the same liquid. Cover and simmer for 2 min. Remove the shrimp with a slotted spoon and set aside to cool. After cooling, you may choose to removes shells and devein the shrimp, but this is not a necessary step. Pour the rum liquid into the reserve seafood liquid from step 2. There should be approximately 3 cups of liquid.
6. Heat the olive oil in a wok over high heat and, when it is just to smoking point, but in the chicken pieces and brown them on all sides. Remove them with this slotted spatula to a plate and set aside.
7. Add the pork to the wok and stir fry until it is just brown.
8. Add the garlic and onions to the wok and continue to stir for 2 min. Add the sausage pieces and stir fry them for a further minute. Add the sweet pepper strips and stir in the tomato paste. Continue to stir and fry everything until any moisture has evaporated and the mixture is quite thick.
9. Add the drained rice and continue to stir until the rice is mixed in and colored with the tomato paste. Pour in the liquid from step 5. Bring it to a boil, return the chicken from step 6 to the wok, and stir to distribute it throughout the mixture. Cover the wok, reducing heat to low, and simmer for 15 min.
10. Uncover the wok, stirring the peas, cover and simmer for 3 min. Uncover, place the square at Reims on top, cover and let stand for 1 minute, being careful with the time as the squid will over cook and toughen.
11. Uncover the wok and arrange the clams from step 2, the crabs from step 4, and the shrimp from step 5 on top of the rice mixture. Cover the wok, turn off the heat and let everything warm through and could continue to cook for about 10 minutes.
12. Uncover the wok and serve immediately.
13. Serves 6 to 8.
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