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Seafood Paella



SEAFOOD PAELLA
Bahama Breeze Recipe

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 (10 oz.) chicken breast, cut 1/2 inch cubes
1 cup yellow onions, diced
1 cup green bell peppers, diced
1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
1 pound bay scallops
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined (reserve shells for saffron  shrimp stock - see recipe below)
1/2 cup chorizo pork sausage, cut into medium dice
12 black mussels, cleaned and rinsed, beard removed
1 pound fresh firm fish (Mahi Mahi works well) cut into 1 inch pieces
4 1/2 cups Saffron Shrimp Stock (see recipe below)
2 cups short grain rice
1/2 cup green peas, cooked
1 cup Roma tomatoes,  diced

Season the chicken and seafood with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large heavy casserole pan then add the seasoned chicken, onions, bell peppers and garlic. Sear until the chicken is lightly browned. Add the scallops, shrimp, chorizo and sear until the seafood looses its raw appearance.

Then add the mussels, fresh fish and saffron – shrimp stock and bring the stock to a simmer. Add the rice, green peas and tomatoes and using a cook’s spoon stir the rice gently to mix evenly with the rest of the ingredients. Reduce heat to a simmer and top the casserole pan with a lid. Let simmer for about 20 minutes or until the rice is cooked. While the rice is cooking remove the lid to stir the ingredients from time to time to prevent them from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Shrimp Stock: (Makes 4 1/2 cups)

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup yellow onions, diced 
1/4 cup carrots, diced 
1/4 cup celery, diced 
2 cups shrimp shells, from the peeled shrimp
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon saffron
5 cups water
2 bay leaves
5 white peppercorns

Heat the oil in a medium sized pot, then add the garlic, onions, carrots, celery and shrimp shells. Saute until the vegetables loose their raw appearance and the shrimp shells turn red in color. Add the tomato paste and while constantly stirring with a cook's spoon saute for 30 seconds. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and continue to simmer for 20 minutes. Strain the stock trough a fine mesh sieve. Check the yield of the stock you should have 4 1/2 cups. Should you have more, return the stock to a clean pot and keep reducing until it yields 4 1/2 cups. 

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