About National Spanish Paella Day
Paella is a traditional Spanish rice dish that is believed to have originated in Valencia, a region in eastern Spain. The dish is named after the pan it is cooked in, which is called a "paellera." Paella is a staple of Valencian cuisine and is made with a variety of ingredients, including rice, protein (such as chicken, seafood, or rabbit), vegetables, and aromatic spices.
The exact origins of paella are not entirely clear, but it is thought to have evolved from an ancient Roman dish called "platinum," which was made with a variety of grains, beans, and vegetables. Paella, as we know it today, is believed to have developed in the 19th century, when Valencia was an important agricultural region and rice was an important crop.
The dish became popular in the region and eventually spread to other parts of Spain, as well as to other parts of the world. Today, paella is enjoyed as a popular and widely-recognized dish in many parts of the world, although it is most closely associated with Valencia and the surrounding region in eastern Spain.
What is in a Paella?
There are many variations of paella, but a traditional, authentic paella typically includes the following ingredients:
Rice: The most important ingredient in paella is the rice, which is typically a short-grain variety such as Bomba or Calasparra. The rice is cooked in a flavorful broth and is traditionally flavored with saffron, which gives it a distinctive yellow color.
Protein: Paella can be made with a variety of proteins, such as chicken, seafood, or rabbit. It is traditional to use a variety of proteins in a single paella, so it is common to see a mix of seafood, such as shrimp and mussels, along with chicken or rabbit.
Vegetables: Paella is often made with a variety of vegetables, such as tomatoes, bell peppers, and green beans. These vegetables are typically sautéed in olive oil before being added to the paella.
Aromatics: Paella is flavored with a variety of aromatic ingredients, such as onions, garlic, and parsley. These ingredients are typically sautéed in olive oil before being added to the paella.
Broth: Paella is typically cooked in a flavorful broth, which is made with chicken or seafood stock, white wine, and other ingredients such as tomatoes and saffron.
Saffron: Saffron is a key ingredient in authentic paella, as it gives the dish its distinctive yellow color and flavor.
Olive oil: Olive oil is an essential ingredient in paella and is used to sauté the vegetables and aromatics, as well as to coat the rice before it is cooked.