Last night I cooked a seafood rice dish, similar to paella, but a bit less traditional. The results were SO delicious it proved to me, I can be a pretty good cook at times. It came out so good; I had to call a friend, and my dad to actually almost brag about it. Just wondering what was a dish/recipe you made that gave you this same feeling. I cook a lot, but this is the 1st time I really ever felt this way. Here's the dish I made:
1 package of Arborio rice (I don't know how much rice was in it, only that it needed 3 cups of liquid to cook.)
1 bottle of clam juice
Tsp condensed vegetable stock
2 pinches of saffron
18 little neck clams
16 large shrimp in shells
1/2 lb. cod cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 lb. bay scallops
1 red bell pepper minced
6 cloves of garlic chopped
2 tblsp unsalted butter
1/3 -1/2 cup white wine
3 tblsp olive oil
3 squirts of fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 400
Cook rice using 1 bottle of clam juice, + water to make 3 cups of liquid, 1 pinch of saffron. Add veg. stock, and butter, when it boils add rice, simmer and cover for 18-20 min.
Add olive oil to pan, sauté red pepper until soft, add garlic sauté
on a med-high heat add cod sear on each side, remove
add shrimp sear on each side, remove
add bay scallops, cook until almost opaque, add + clams cover until open about 6 min.
There should be a decent amount of liquid in the pan, add white wine, add 2nd pinch of saffron, scrape up stuff that's clinging to pan, reduce a drop. Add all of the seafood back into the pan to mix up with the peppers and garlic.
Take out a casserole pan, spray w/ olive oil to prevent sticking
put rice on bottom of the pan
top with the seafood mixture, and bake for about 10-15 minutes. Before it's done, give the casserole a few good squirts of lemon juice. Serve.