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Secrets to a Great Paella Dish

The paella dish has a lot of ingredients to use. It can feed a lot of people and your favorite ingredients are in it. The good thing is that it is not really difficult to cook great paella. Here are some of the great secrets of cooking a great paella dish.

You should use the right kind of rice. Bomba rice is the best rice to use for this dish. You can also use Valencia or Calasparra rice for your paella. You don’t want your paella to be mushy so you should not use common rice varieties.

If you don’t have a real paella pan, you should buy one. These are not very expense and it is well worth buying it. The design of the paella pan is to maximize the amount of rice touching the bottom of the pan so it get get all the flavors. During the cooking process, it allow you to move the food from the hotter parts to the cooler parts as needed.
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The entire pan should be accommodated by the heat source. The dish can be cooked in an ordinary stove, an open fire, or in an outdoor paella burner. It is important that the burner can accommodate the whole of the pan.
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The best paella uses the best ingredients. Best does not really mean expensive. They have to be fresh, nice stuff that you can find. Don’t use an ingredient just because the recipe says so, but when you choose ingredients make sure that they look terrific and not run down.

Cooking should only start when your preparation has been completed. All the chopping, peeling, etc. should be completed before you turn on your stove. The cooking process will run smoothly if you do this.

The base for your flavor is from the sofrito. Garlic, onion, tomato, and bell peppers are saut?ed until their flavors mix and the liquid is completely evaporated. You should aim for a firm sofrito that can be shaped in a spoon.

To achieve a flavorful paella, make sure that your cooking liquid is also flavorful. Cooking your rice in stock give you additional flavor. Add bouillon to the water if you don’t have stock. Add saffron to the cooking liquid to add another layer of flavor.

The meat should be browned well. You don’t get that deep, cooked all day flavor in the dish if you don’t brown your meat enough. Here you want to caramelize or develop the sugars in the meat, and that is why it takes time.

You don’t want mushy rice in your paella. The crispy crust that forms at the bottom of the paella is the most prized part of the dish, the socarrat. You can get a good socarrat by increasing the heat during the last few minutes of cooking. You should have crackly rice which smell toasty and the bottom part has bumpy resistance, which is the socarrat.