About this recipe: This is the paella all your family and friends will beg you to make again. It has the true flavour of Spain and has been made by my family in Catalonia, Spain for many generations. Enjoy!
Wow, was this delicious! I made a few alterations - a friend who lived in Spain said you can substitue turmeric for the saffron without much taste difference and it worked great. I also had a bag of frozen paella seafood mix from Sam's Club - so I just guesstimated the amount needed. Use chicken breast chunks instead of thighs. I also followed the suggestion to substitue a can of Rotel (used Habenero Rote) for part of the diced tomatoes and that added GREAT flavor. This makes more than enough for 6 people though - we have a ton of leftovers, although that's ok as I don't mind leftovers! Thanks for an awesome recipe! - 11 Jan 2009 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Lots of great ingredients and I was excited to try. A little disappointed. The rice was not quite cooked and I had to overcook the seafood to accomlish this. Maybe it wasn't enough liquid. I would use a 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes instead of the 14 oz. The overall flavor was quite bland. Needed more spices....at a bare minimum some black pepper...and some red pepper or hot sauce if you like it spicy. I think I will also use some chicken broth to replace the 6 cups of water. Open to trying it again with these changes. - 15 May 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I made this recipe and found it to be the best paella that I have ever had the pleasure eat. Fabulous! Thank you for sharing, Maria. - 28 Mar 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)