I think most of you know, but I grew up in Venezuela, a country which has a rich, blended cuisine culture. One of the largest populations of immigrants were Spanish - leading to us having traditional Spanish 'tascas' spread all throughout Caracas, which means I grew up having paella. I still crave the leisurely Sunday late lunches, where it took over an hour for the paella to be prepared, and you enjoyed tapas and charcuterie boards while sipping sangria, your mouth watering just a bit more with every passing minute.
All this to say, I'm an unabashed paella snob. I don't believe throwing shrimp on microwave rice constitutes paella. I have spent years honing in on what 'my recipe' will be, starting with a bumpy combination of 2 different recipes I found in Food & Wine, then modifying and taking inspiration from sources such as NYT Cooking, Bon Appetit, and of course, the advice of a few Spanish friend's mothers. A good paella takes quality ingredients, patience, and if you can, homemade seafood broth (we go along making it throughout the year and just throw in the freezer). But, don't panic if you don't have any, as you can get some at the store. Voila, I finally feel comfortable enough to post it!
Cooking Time: 90 Minutes (prep & cooking)
I hope you LOVE this! Let me know what you think in the comments. As they say in my home country, Buen Provecho!