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Note: For the seafood, use anything you’d like. Shrimp, white fish, or scallops all work great!
If using chorizo, skip this step. If you are using Italian sausage or another type of un-cooked sausage … In a large pot, bring 3 inches of water to a boil. Add the the sausages and boil for 3 minutes or until they are just starting to cook through on the outside. Remove the sausages, drain the water, and return the pot to the stove top over medium heat.
Add the olive oil to the pot and cut the sausages, in their casings, into slices. Add the sausage slices to the olive oil and brown for 5 minutes on both sides. The sausage may not be fully cooked through, which is OK. Remove the browned sausage to a plate while you prepare the rest of the paella.
To the pot with the sausage drippings, add the onion, garlic, and chili pepper with a sprinkle of salt. If the pan is very hot and sizzling, turn the heat down. Stir the veggies to soften for 2-3 minutes.
Add the rice and the thyme leaves to the veggie mixture. Stir for 2 minutes to coat the rice in the olive oil and sausage drippings.
Add the wine, and allow to reduce by half. Add the stock and the canned tomatoes. Crush the saffron in your hand and add the saffron to the rice mixture. If you are using homemade or unsalted stock, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt here.
Cover the pot and reduce the heat to low or medium low so that the stock is just simmering. Simmer for 7 minutes to partially cook the rice.
Add the seafood and sausage to the partially cooked rice. There should be some liquid remaining in the pot and the rice should be very al dente.
Stir to nest the seafood and sausage into the rice. Cover the pot, and cook for an additional 10-13 minutes until the rice is cooked through and the shellfish has opened. Add more time if you need to!
To the cooked rice, stir in the butter, parsley, and scallion. Scrape up any crusty bits from the bottom of the pot—they’re delicious! Remove any un-opened shellfish.
Serve with lemon wedges and extra fresh herbs and pepitas or other nuts that you enjoy.
Now, I am not a casserole kinda gal, but when confronted with a plethora of leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, I will bow to the gods of one-dish meals. I did some research from famous chefs and their versions of tetrazzini and got a good idea of where I needed to focus. Then I raided the refrigerator. My goal was to not have to purchase anything to make this meal, yet make it extremely tasty. This is the outcome.
I love couscous and could eat it in some variation nearly every day. Not everyone in my household feels this way (I won’t mention the “he” who shall be nameless). In an effort to make couscous a little bit “tastier” to some folks, I thought this quick and easy casserole might hit the spot. This would be a great side dish to any meal or if you are going meatless eat this all by itself!
Tacos … check! Chicken … check! Together in a casserole … check, check! Three of my favorite things all wrapped up into one sensational dish. And I do mean sensational. This is one easy and really tasty casserole that I will be making again and again at my house. I hope you love it as much as we do.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!