Contributed by: NAPSA
Entertaining Monterey Wine Country Style (NAPSA) - Today's busy schedules can make throwing even the smallest dinner gathering seem like an overwhelming task. Why go through all of the hassle?
Mirassou's secret is to focus on making one fabulous feast, such as a popular crowd-pleasing paella that not only feeds everyone, but also creates a festive atmosphere that encourages jovial conversation. To complement the paella, simply purchase a variety of olives and nuts to serve as appetizers, along with a fruit-forward wine, and guests will leave satisfied. Mirassou has adapted his family's classic paella recipe to be even more fitting of his California heritage, complete with fresh seafood, artichoke hearts and Mirassou's new Monterey County Riesling.
Prep time: 30 minutes - Cook time: 45 to 50 minutes
Brown linguica or sausage in a large stainless steel pan or skillet for 10 minutes over medium heat, stirring frequently; remove from pan and set aside.
Add oil to skillet; add onion and garlic; saute for 5 minutes. Add rice and cook for 5 minutes more or until translucent; stir in the stock, wine, saffron and linguica or sausage.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer over low heat, loosely covered, for 15 minutes.
Remove lid and season to taste with salt and pepper; top with tomatoes, artichoke hearts and bell pepper. Nestle the seafood into the surface of the rice; cover and cook over very low heat, loosely covered, for 10 minutes or until the mussels and clams have opened and the prawns are pink. Stir in peas and cook for 1 minute.
Note: Discard mussels and clams that do not open.
Paella is excellent for entertaining, and is best served family style right from the skillet. Garnish with chopped cilantro or parsley and lemon wedges, and pair with the same wine used in cooking the paella.
Serving Size: Makes 8 Servings
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