Friday, 25 July 2014

Recipe Challenge With Tenderstem Brocolli - Spanish Paella

So if you have been following these recipe posts you will know that I was asked to take part in a challenge to use Tenderstem Broccoli in a few different recipes, inspired by cuisines from all over the world. This is my second instalment in the series, and I must admit I have loved doing this. I hope you have picked up some ideas from their website!

Spanish Baked Paella with Prawns, Tenderstem and Peppers

We love paella, it is a dish that I make regularly. However, I have never baked it before and never used broccoli so I was very keen to try this!

1. Preheat oven to 200ºC/180ºC fan/gas 6. Sprinkle the saffron threads into a small heatproof glass or bowl and pour over 2 tablespoons of boiling water. Set aside to infuse.

2. Add the oil to a large heavy based heatproof casserole and set over a medium high heat. When it is hot, add the chorizo, onions and peppers and fry together for 10 minutes, stirring frequently until they are a little coloured at the edges.

3. Reduce the heat a little before stirring through the garlic and rice. Fry for a couple of minutes, making sure all the rice grains are well coated in the juices. Pour in the stock, and saffron, along with its soaking water, stirring well to mix. Season with a little salt and freshly ground black pepper, cover with a tight fitting lid or snuggly tucked piece of foil and bake in the oven for 25 minutes. 

4. Blanch the Tenderstem® in a pan of boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain well.

5. Remove the paella from the oven, stir through the Tenderstem® and prawns and most of the parsley, recover and return to the oven for a further 10-15 minutes, until the prawns are pink and cooked and the Tenderstem® cooked but with a little bite. Serve immediately, with a little extra parsley scattered on top and lemon wedges to squeeze over.

We all loved this one. The baked paella really worked - the flavours from the other ingredients really flavoured the rice, which was moist and tender. The broccoli worked particularly well in this dish and we all enjoyed it. As you can see from the photos, the presentation was also pretty good, even if I do say so myself!

For more information, do visit where they have a variety of recipes for you to try.

I was given vouchers by Tenderstem to purchase the ingredients for recipes. This blog post is part of a series, more to follow. All words and views are my own.

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