New Zealand Greenshell™ Mussel Paella

New Zealand Greenshell™ Mussel Paella

4-6 serves


100 mls Olive oil
150gms (5.3oz) Chorizo (good quality) – sliced into 3-4mm thick rounds
6 slices Pancetta or Streaky Belly Bacon
1 med size Onion - finely diced
4 cloves Garlic - finely diced
2 ltrs Chicken Stock (preferably organic)
12-16 threads Saffron (good quality)
1 1/2 tsps Smoked Paprika
500gms (17.5oz) Paella Rice – see chefs note
500gms (17.5oz) New Zealand Greenshell™Mussels
10 Cherry Tomatoes - cut in half           
  Small bunch flat leaf parsley, leaves picked and chopped
  Salt & freshly cracked black Pepper to taste


Chef's Note:

Paella Rice – predominantly a short grain rice is used for this dish & most food markets would sell a paella rice, however Valencia rice or Calaspara rice are considered to be the best options

Variations – Paella is a traditional Valencia Rice dish & has many variations; many other ingredients can be included in this dish including other seafood & chicken. It is a great shared dish & allows a rustic plating style for dinner parties.