I have to admit this was very good. When I asked Lacy what was for dinner, she said ‘Paella.’ I cocked my head to the side and looked at her strange. She said something, I heard the words, but I couldn’t quite understand what she was saying. It sounded like gibberish! As you can tell, I’m a husband and like most husbands we sometimes struggle to listen. So when I said, ‘what’ she simply said it again, like that would help. So I turned to my assistant SIRI and asked her. You try…. #fail. So I Googled Paella and then quickly went upstairs to complain. You see Paella consists of white rice, green vegetables, meat (usually chicken), seafood, land snails, beans and seasonings. LAND SNAILS?! Okay so I know that Lacy is adventurous but seriously?! I also do NOT like seafood. I have a motto, if it swims under the water, I don’t eat it. Lacy has a motto too: Eat around it or starve.
Suffice to say I don’t starve. We are busy people and so Lacy thought it would be a good dish to try in the crockpot. Traditional Paella takes a while to prepare, so if you’re a traditional paella lover, this may not be for you. But if you’re like us, busy parents who are trying to balance fifty different things at once, AND you want to try a little Spanish food, this is for you!! We did a few things differently than traditional paella. First saffron is expensive, so we used in it’s place turmeric. (It’s a great substitute for saffron). Also paella is generally cooked slowly in a skillet, layering flavors (look at me talking about something I have no idea about HA. My wife is helping me over my shoulder!!). We just put most everything in the crock and let it go.
- 1½ cups of the long grain brown rice
- ½ lb sausage
- 1 onion
- 1 green pepper
- 4 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1½ lbs of chicken (boneless skinless chicken breast)
- 1 lbs of medium shrimp
- 1 can of Rotel tomatoes
- ½ tsp of Turmeric
- ¼ tsp of Paprika
- 1½ cup of chicken broth
- 2 tsp of salt
- 1 bag of frozen peas
- Brown sausage in skillet.
- Place all ingredients except for shrimp into slow cooker.
- Cook on low or 4 to 5 hours or until rice is just cooked. (Pay attention to the rice, if you cook it to long, it will get mushy!)
- Add in shrimp in the last 20 minutes
- If you like you can add optional frozen peas at the end
Notice that in the recipe we selected long grain brown rice. You MUST select this type of rice or you will end up with a big pile of mush! Regular white rice or short grain Spanish rice will NOT WORK in the crockpot. We nuked a bag of peas at the end and stirred it into the recipe. Lacy also added shrimp to this at the end as well. Now if you wanted to add lobster, you could. We are on a budget, so lobster isn’t something we work with often LOL.
When it was all said and done, I would have to say I was impressed. I did not eat any shrimp, which meant more shrimp for my wife. The Rotel’s gave the Paella a really nice kick which I liked a lot. I definitely felt like I was eating Spanish food. It’s worth a try, minus the shrimp!!