Poor Man’s Paella

Poor Man's PaellaPreparation time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 45 mins
Serves: 4

1 large plum tomato, cored and quartered
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 large red bell pepper, halved, seeded and roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
4 chicken drumsticks
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 pound spicy Italian sausage, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 pound mediunm shrimp (26-30 per pound), peeled and deveined
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 cups short-grain white rice
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1/2 pound fresh clams or mussels


1. Place the tomato, onion, bell pepper, and garlic in a food processor and puree until semi-smooth.

2. Set the chicken on a cutting board, pat dry with paper towels, and season with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper. Heat the oil in a large skillet over low heat. Place the chicken and sausage in the pan and cook on both sides until browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the chicken and sausage to a plate and set aside. Add the shrimp to the pan and cook just until they begin to curl and color on the bottom, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Quickly transfer them to the plate with the meat.

3. Pour the vegetable puree into the pan and cook, stirring often, until the puree turns into a dark red-orange semi thick saucy paste, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the lemon zest, paprika, turmeric and the remaining 1 teaspoon salt and then mix in the rice. Cook for 2 minutes and then pour in the broth and water, stirring and scraping any bits from the bottom of the pan. Raise the beat to medium and bring the liquid to a simmer, then reduce to medium-low. Gently simmer for 10 minutes, then remove the cover and place the chicken legs on the top of the rice. Replace the cover and continue to simmer until all the liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes more or until a crust forms under the rice.

4. Turn off the heat, uncover the pan and add the sausage, shrimp, and shellfish. Pour the lemon juice over the top and cover. Let the pan sit until the shrimp have finished cooking through and then shellfish have opened about 5 minutes. Serve.

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