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La Tapa Paella for Two

1 12 tablespoons vegetable oil
14 cup carrot, finely diced
14 cup white onion, finely diced
14 cup red bell pepper, finely diced
12 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 pinch saffron
4 bay leaves
2 cups long grain rice
olive oil
chicken stock
4 slices hot Italian sausage or 4 slices chorizo sausage
4 ounces chicken pieces, your choice of chicken parts with skin
4 shrimp, with head on, unpeeled
2 ounces lobster meat
2 ounces fish
2 ounces sliced calamari, tentacles kept whole
8 mussels, preferably black
4 frozen whole cooked crawfish
salt & fresh ground pepper
1 dash habanero sauce
1 sprig fresh thyme
14 cup white wine
14 cup frozen peas
2 leeks, thinly sliced
red pepper, thinly sliced
lemon wedge (optional)
fresh cilantro, sliced (optional)


In a large saucepan heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the carrot, onion and pepper; saute for one minute. Add the garlic, saffron, bay leaves; pour in the rice. Stir well, adding a small amount of olive oil to coat rice, then saute until rice is translucent. Add enough chicken stock to submerge rice by one inch. Simmer with lid on until al dente. Remove rice from pot and spread out on large sheet pan so that rice stops cooking. Preheat oven to 350-400 degrees F. In a wok saute the sausage and chicken to brown; then add the shrimp, lobster, fish, calamari, mussels and crawfish. Cook until lightly sauteed; add the salt, pepper, habanera hot sauce, thyme, and white wine. Top with previously cooked rice; add the peas, leeks and red peppers. Cover and cook in center of oven for approximately 5-10 min., allowing the steam to cook everything through and the rice to absorb all the flavors. To serve place paella in preheated ceramic bowl. Garnish with several lemon wedges and cilantro.

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