It is difficult to define what the perfect paella is. For me, the perfect paella is the one my mother makes with the ingredients used in the Valencian area where I grew up called “l’ horta Nord” (see recipies). There is no need to travel far away to find that another village or region will use and add other ingredients (in “la rivera” they always use red pepper). One thing is for sure, in Valencia we don’t like to mix meat and fish flavours (paella mixta is found in tourist resorts). The one thing on which everyone agrees, is that the most important ingredient is the rice. The perfect paella must have a thin layer of rice (no thicker than a half inch) or “un ditet” (small finger). This is the reason we use a paella pan with its large surface area. The rice is in contact with the pan to achieve even heat and therefore flavour. The rice has to be the short grained type, round and short. It does absorb the stock very well and stays firm during cooking and dry and separated when done. The saffron or “colorante alimentario” gives the rice its distinctive yellow colour and adds some flavour as well.
The paella pan is wide, round and shallow. It is not completely flat but with a slight dip in the middle to collect the oil ready for the “sofrito”. The width of the pan is used to maximize the amount of rice touching the bottom of the pan for an even heat and also to optimise the flavour. What gives the real flavour to the paella is the preliminary “sofrito” (sauté). With the Fish and Vegetable paella a good stock will make all the difference. There is a short cut for the meat paella if you are following our recipes and you’re pushed for time. After doing the sofrito, instead of filling up the paella with water and reduce the liquid for 40 minutes (to create the stock), you can use already made stock. If you do, remember to add twice as much stock as rice and leave it on a medium heat.
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