Seafood and Chorizo Paella

Parmesan-Crumbed Lamb Cutlets

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 small sweet onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced or grated
4 ounces spanish chorizo sliced
3-4 heirloom tomatoes chopped (or one 14 ounce can whole peeled san marzano tomatoes
1 (8 ounce) jar roasted red peppers, sliced
1/4 cup white wine
2 cups jasmine or basmati rice
4 cups chicken broth
2 small skinless chicken thighs or breast
1/3 cup blue cheese stuffed green olives
1 teaspoons spanish smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt + pepper to taste
pinch of saffron
16 ounces fresh seafood (I used 1 lobster tail 6 jumbo shrimp, 4 clams, and 4 mussels)
juice of 2 lemons
fresh chopped parsley for serving
white truffle oil for serving (optional)

Place a very large cast iron skillet on the Boiling Plate. Allow the skillet to heat. Once the skillet is hot, add the olive oil, onion and garlic. Season lightly with salt + pepper and cook about 3-5 minutes, stirring often or until the onion is soft and sweet. Add the chorizo and cook until just browned, about 2-3 minutes. Add the tomatoes (crushed by your hands if using canned), their juices and roasted red peppers. Continue cooking another 5 minutes.

Add the wine to deglaze the pan and then stir in the rice, cooking until toasted, about 3-5 minutes. Slowly pour in the chicken broth and give everything a good stir. Slide in the chicken, green olives, paprika, another pinch of salt + pepper and a good pinch of saffron, stir gently to combine, cover tightly with the skillet top or tin foil and cook covered for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, toss the seafood with a little olive oil, salt + pepper. After 15 minutes of cooking, carefully remove the skillet top or foil and add the seafood to the skillet. Cover again with the top or the foil, continue cooking another 15 minutes or until the seafood is cooked through and the rice fluffy.

Remove the skillet from the hotplate and drizzle the dish with lemon juice. If desired drizzle with white truffle oil as well and season lightly with salt + pepper. Garnish with fresh parsley. EAT!

Recipe is by Half Baked Harvest