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Authentic paella originates from Valencia and contains different combinations of meat, such as rabbit, sausage, chicken and snails. If you don't have a traditional paella pan, a large shallow frying pan will do.
- 3 cups short grained rice
- 100ml olive oil
- 1.2l water
- 800g chicken, cut into bite size pieces
- 600g rabbit meat, cut into bite size pieces
- 12 Vaquetes snails, well cleaned (optional)
- 250g Ferradura beans (wide green beans)
- 200g Garrofon beans
- 1 ripe tomato, peeled
- 1 clove of garlic, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 tablespoon of paprika
- Saffron threads
- Rosemary (optional)
- Lemon wedges to garnish
- STEP 1Heat the oil in a paella dish or large shallow frying pan.
- STEP 2Salt the chicken and rabbit and brown in pan for 5 mins.
- STEP 3Add beans and brown for another 5 mins.
- STEP 4Add the garlic, paprika and tomato. Add water and the snails. Boil for 10 mins.
- STEP 5Add the saffron and rice, distributing it evenly over the surface of the pan. Boil on a high heat for 8 mins.
- STEP 6Add rosemary and salt to taste.
- STEP 7Turn heat on low and cook for a further 8 mins. so the bottom layers of rice are crispy ("socarrat")
- STEP 8Garnish with lemon and serve immediately.