There's nothing like a piping hot homemade paella to satisfy a group of hungry friends on a cold winter night. It's got everything you would need in a great meal: carbs, protein and veges, all in one glorious pan. Pair it with a nice glass of wine or sangria, and you're golden! My first attempt at making this was in preparation for a holiday feast my foodie friend Derek, and I were planning, Mas-Giving as we like to call it. Our own foodie holiday somewhere in between Christmas and Thanksgiving, it was definitely a meal fit for the gods.
For a more authentic paella, you should definitely invest in a paella pan. I came to find that Cost Plus World Market carried the most affordable one at $14.99, or better yet, check out their paella gift set for $19.99. I found this pan to be perfect for my needs as I rarely make paellas (but that might soon change as I am now OBSESSED). The pan's made in Spain to boot! Can't get more authentic than that.
Prior to my first attempt at battling this beast, I read through a million different recipes online and found that Fine Cooking's article provided most guidance to techniques that I followed. There are many ways to make a paella, and the combination of ingredients are endless, but here's my version of a Surf & Turf Paella.
Brussel sprouts have always had a bad reputation for being the worst tasting vegetable, but I have a recipe that has turned many into a believer. First off, for those who are most skeptic about cooking this for a crowd, I suggest adding bacon to the whole mix - because what doesn't taste good with bacon right? For those who are looking for a more health-conscious recipe, skip the bacon part and just use olive oil.
A few weeks ago, I stopped by the Roli Roti rotisserie truck in front of Blue Bottle, a coffee company based in Oakland. I've heard my friends talk about their porchetta for weeks. People line up for up to and maybe over an hour in front of the Ferry Building in San Francisco for this sandwich. After all the rave, I had to check it out myself.
To my surprise, I found out via Roli Roti's Twitter page that they had porchetta trucks in Oakland as well! Please note, not all of Roli Roti's truck's serve porchetta sandwiches. Some serve rotisserie chicken with rosemary potatoes that are slowly roasted below the dripping fat/juices of porchetta and chicken.
Got to the truck at 11:00 AM, and guess what? There was NO LINE!
Since there was no lines, porchetta man was SUPER nice and interactive while building the lovely sandwich. He even handed me pieces of the crunchy skin from the porchetta to munch on!