Despite the fact that we are still in the throes of apartment hunting in Valencia, we have made sure to sample the fine dining that the city has to offer. In addition to Spanish tapas and great wine, we have also been fortunate to find one of the most amazing places to stay temporarily. The world famous Fallas just ended 2 days ago. It was a whole week of debauchery and finding AirBnB or hotel rooms in the city was mission impossible. We went into the city just once and we enjoyed it. The noise level of the fireworks is insane, even during the day. We’ll be able to appreciate it more next year l think because we would be more settled. We are currently staying approximately 25 miles outside the city and we got the last room anywhere close to the city of Valencia on AirBnB. Insane how popular the Fallas is. You already know who has excellent paella in Sevilla. Here is how to make authentic paella Valencia by a Valenciano.
Our hosts have been incredible. They live off the grid in a rural town growing their own vegetables. They have 6 guest rooms in the house and every last room was taken. We arrived late at night after an exhausting 7 hour drive from Seville and after unloading our things to storage. It was past 10PM when we finally made our way to their place and we got lost of course! The owner had to come fetch us almost 15 kilometers away!. The streets had no names and were unpaved. Half the time, I thought our car was just going to give up the ghost :-). The dogs are thrilled to be here as they’ve made new friends. There are horses, geese, duck, rabbits and chickens to bother as well as the owners very sweet dog. They have two kids who also love the company of the dogs and it’s a relief to be able to leave them for long periods. They offered to make us authentic paella two days ago and we gratefully accepted. I am going to share the recipe with all of you because it was absolutely delicious. We have now had the chance to eat some paella at different places since we got here. This has been the very best. It takes a bit of time to cook, but I assure you that it’s time well spent. Cooked over an open fire, it doesn’t get more authentic than this!
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Artichokes soaked in lemon and water
Flat green beans
Pureed tomato and chopped garlic (1 1/2 tomatoes per person)
Chicken and rabbit cut in pieces
Butter beans (1/2 cup for 2)
Paella Pan (no made in China because you get what you pay for he said :-) )
Authentic Paella Valenciana Steps:
Put oil in the pan. Fry the chicken and rabbit over medium fire till crispy brown, salt as needed
Push them to the side and add your green beans in the center. Let it simmer for about 15 minutes so the beans get the full flavor. Add more salt to taste
Part the center, add the tomato and garlic to the middle. Salt and simmer
Add 2 teaspoonfuls of the sweet pepper (1 tsp. per person)
Now, mix everything together
Add water up to the handles of the paella pan (should cover everything)
Turn up the heat and cook for about 20 minutes so the water gets the flavor of all
Add a dash of colorant and more salt if needed
Add the artichokes and butter beans
Add the rice by making a stripe down the middle of the pan
Turn down the heat. Let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes to taste
You can add rosemary if desired
Let it sit for about 5 minutes. You can squeeze lemon on top if you desire.
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It goes very well with some red wine. Try and find Pata Negra if you can. We were so stuffed, we didn’t have any dinner. The paella was accompanied with some tuna salad and finished off with Horchata and strawberries which we finished before l could take a picture :-). Feel free to substitute seafood for rabbit and chicken. Just know it’s not the original recipe from Valencia :-). There you have it. Authentic paella Valenciana to be enjoyed over and over again. We can’t wait to find a permanent place and start cooking it ourselves.
What do you think of this authentic paella Valenciana recipe? Have you ever had paella? If yes, do you like it? If not, are you going to try this at home?