Poor Man's Paella
Years ago when I was travelling in Spain, I grew to love seafood paella. I still make my own today for special occasions, but it is labour and time intensive. This is a cheaper, faster alternative, which also tastes terrific.
- 1 Packet of Spanish Rice-a-Roni
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 rashers bacon chopped
- ½ medium onion coarsely chopped
- 12 medium raw prawns, whole or halved
- 4 fairly thick rounds of garlic sausage, quartered
- ½ green pepper cut into 1" chunks
- 2 medium tomatoes chopped (replacing canned tomatoes on package directions)
- Optional: 6 fresh clams and/or mussels in shells (add half way through the simmering stage)
- Cayenne pepper (optional)
(Preparation: 10 Minutes. Cooking: 20 minutes)
- Melt the butter in a large skillet with a cover.
- Add the chopped bacon and the chopped onion to the skillet and stir until onion softens.
- Add the rice and pasta from the larger packet to the skillet and stir until pasta starts to brown.
- Add water and the seasoning packet as called for in the Rice-a-Roni diections.
- Add chopped tomatoes, chopped green pepper, prawns and sausage. Stir well.
- Spice up with a dash of Cayenne pepper (optional)
- Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the rice is tender and most of the liquids have been absorbed.
(Note: In the pic, I didn't have prawns, so I used shrimp.)
I even make this just for myself using half the ingredients and get a hearty dinner and a light lunch out of it
Contributed by Ted