BURN, PA ELLA, BURN!
Paella? On the grill? Yes! It’s surprisingly simple to fire up a pan of the traditional Spanish crowd-pleaser. Just make sure to let the bottom layer get deliciously scorched.
GRILLED SURF AND TURF PAELLA
5 Tbsp. olive oil
2 boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch
8 oz. chorizo, sliced into ¼-inch pieces 1 yellow onion, roughly diced
3 scallions, roughly chopped
1 orange bell pepper, roughly diced
5 cloves garlic, roughly diced
½ cup sherry
1½ cups paella rice (aka bomba rice) 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 (15 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
3 cups chicken stock
1 pinch saffron 1 tsp. paprika
12 clams, cleaned
12 mussels, cleaned
10 large shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 bunch parsley, roughly chopped 2 lemons
SPECIAL EQUIPMENT: A standard 15-inch steel paella pan with handles. If you go bigger, make sure it still will sit flat on your grill.
1. Heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil in paella pan on medium-heat grill. Add chicken and cook about 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Add chorizo and brown, another few minutes.
2. Add 3 Tbsp. olive oil. Add onion, scallions, bell pepper, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until vegetables soften, about 5 minutes.
3. Deglaze pan with sherry, scraping pan to loosen any burned bits.
4. Add rice, red pepper flakes, and tomatoes. Mix well and cook for 2 minutes.
5. Add stock, saffron, and paprika. Mix well and cook for 15 minutes, but do not stir again until serving. (Seriously, even if you hear crackling noises from pan bottom. You want that noise.)
6. Tuck clams and mussels, hinges down, into the cooking rice. Add shrimp. Continue cooking about another 15 minutes, rotating pan every few minutes. If heat doesn’t seem to be distributing evenly, you can close grill or cover pan with foil.
7. Once rice is tender and shellfish open, remove pan from grill. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with chopped parsley.
8. Serve with lemon wedges, and make sure to dig up some of the prized socarrat—the caramelized crust on the bottom—for each serving.