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Paella!

Post by Trev » Sun Aug 09, 2009 8:40 am

Every once in a while I'm offered the chance to make my all-time favourite dish, Paella.
Yesterday, just as the rain started I put some appetizers on the grill.

What better way to whet your appetite than with a few ABT's.
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2 hours later these babies look ready to eat. Next time I'll use thinner bacon instead of my own kind, and I'll mix some rub and either chorizo or pineapple with the cream cheese. The rub was nice, though; I'd use it again for sure. I'd also smoke them at >225, say at least 250. I felt the peppers could have been sweeter and softer. I used hickory chips and one chunk of left over apple for smoke. That part was just right.
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Now that the rumblings have been silenced, for the time being, it's onto the main event.
There's really not a lot of time for pics when making paella, but here's one just after the thing is set to simmer. I had to use my gas grill because of the rain and my lack of a dry place for Q-ing. Usually I use my OTG with 2 chimneys of lit lump.
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The funniest part of this was when it was ready my wife was the one who ran and got the camera and started snapping pics. I was flattered and surprised at the same time.
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Tasted as good as it looks!
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Thanks for looking.

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Post by Diva Q » Sun Aug 09, 2009 9:47 am

That is a GORGEOUS paella well done!
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Post by Trev » Sun Aug 09, 2009 10:15 am

Thanks, Diva.
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Re: Paella!

Post by doogster » Sun Aug 09, 2009 2:27 pm

Looks great mah san.
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Re: Paella!

Post by dogthebear » Sun Aug 09, 2009 4:16 pm

Top marks on the photography.................

Nice to see an Irish classic like that.

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Re: Paella!

Post by Peter » Sun Aug 09, 2009 4:45 pm

Oh, now I'm REALLY hungry! :) b3
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Re: Paella!

Post by Trev » Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:40 pm

Thanks guys, it's fun to make and the leftovers rock!
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Re: Paella!

Post by ROXY » Mon Aug 10, 2009 1:11 am

What did you coat your ABT's in.. Looks like you breaded them..??

Great job on the dish even without a cataplana.
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Re: Paella!

Post by Trev » Mon Aug 10, 2009 6:23 am

Roxy, I tossed the ABT's in rub before I smoked them. I only expected it to stick to the bacon as the peppers are smooth, but it actually stuck to the peppers pretty well.
I've never seen a cataplana used for paella, only a paella pan in the Spanish style. I guess with Portugal being so close to Spain, it's no wonder the Portuguese have developed their own paella and even their own specialized equipment for the process. Seems like any and every country visited by Spain has been left with their own version of this dish. After tasting it, I know why.
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Re: Paella!

Post by ROXY » Mon Aug 10, 2009 1:03 pm

Trev wrote:Roxy, I tossed the ABT's in rub before I smoked them. I only expected it to stick to the bacon as the peppers are smooth, but it actually stuck to the peppers pretty well.
I've never seen a cataplana used for paella, only a paella pan in the Spanish style. I guess with Portugal being so close to Spain, it's no wonder the Portuguese have developed their own paella and even their own specialized equipment for the process. Seems like any and every country visited by Spain has been left with their own version of this dish. After tasting it, I know why.
I have had it done both ways and they are great.. My Ma has visited Portugal many times so she makes it that way.

Again, great job on that dish it looks delicious..!!
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Re: Paella!

Post by Trev » Mon Aug 10, 2009 1:10 pm

Thank you, Roxy, very nice of you to say.
Cheers mate.
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Re: Paella!

Post by BBQcure » Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:14 pm

here is a site that I have used to purchase Paella products. http://www.tienda.com/

Trev that looks fantastic

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Re: Paella!

Post by Trev » Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:04 pm

Tim, that's a great site! I've drooled over that site for many moons now. Others have also recommended it and say they're good to deal with. I've been dealing with a place near Lakeshore Road and Hurontario, in Mississauga (Sol de Espana... I think), and it's been great as well. The owners are really helpful and they carry a good supply of Spanish/Mexican/Columbian foods and products at reasonable prices.
Perola's in Kensington Market is also a good place to pick up that type of thing.
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Re: Paella!

Post by ROXY » Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:10 pm

Trev wrote:Thank you, Roxy, very nice of you to say.
Cheers mate.
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For my own education I did some research and it seems dear old Ma is making Paella in a cataplana.. :) :lol:
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Re: Paella!

Post by Trev » Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:41 pm

The Portuguese hammered copper cataplana has to be one of the sweetest looking vessels I've ever seen. I'd love to own one of those babies, except my wife would change the locks if I came home with any more toys. :?
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