Paella, a signature Spanish dish, is a specialty of Valencia. During the summer there, crowds of people come together for a big paella party -- you'll see an entire village gathered in the square watching a giant paella being made. It's really the perfect dish to make at home, because it can please an entire crowd of family and friends. We're here to show you it's easier than you think.

The key ingredient in paella is rice, usually bomba rice, which in the paellera (paella pan) forms a crusty layer called soccarat -- that's the prized piece everyone fights for. Paellas come in many different types: In Valencia there's the classic version, made with rabbit, snails, and beans, and there's the seafood version, which can include clams, mussels, squid, shrimp and lobster. Outside of Valencia, especially here in the States, you'll find mixed paellas, which blend seafood and meats, such as chicken and/or chorizo sausage. And there's also vegetarian paella! Check out the recipes below.

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  • Chorizo Paella

    You don't need to make a paella with endless amounts of meat and seafood, sometimes one main ingredient, like chorizo, is enough. This recipe uses a regular skillet instead of the traditional paella pan. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chorizo-paella_n_1057204.html" target="_hplink">Chorizo Paella recipe</a></strong>

  • Valencian Seafood Paella

    This recipe is the classic seafood paella. Here it includes squid, shrimp, clams and mussels. But you can use any combination of your favorite seafood. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/valencian-seafood-paella_n_1061314.html" target="_hplink">Valencian Seafood Paella recipe</a></strong>

  • Paella Primavera

    You won't find vegetarian paella in Spain, but that doesn't mean that you can't make one at home. This recipe is made entirely on the grill. Cooking it outdoors, especially over wood chips, infuses the paella with authentic flavor. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/paella-primavera_n_1057985.html" target="_hplink">Paella Primavera recipe</a></strong>

  • Quinoa Paella With Spring Vegetables

    Carrots, turnips, asparagus, fave beans and artichokes fill this paella, which is made with quinoa (a protein-packed whole grain) instead of rice. It's the perfect way for vegetarian to enjoy the famous Spanish dish. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/quinoa-paella-with-spring_n_1061265.html" target="_hplink">Quinoa Paella with Spring Vegetables recipe</a></strong>

  • Quick Paella With Shrimp And Mussels

    When you feel like making a paella but don't have the time, this quick stove-top version is a great option. It features quick-cooking shrimp and mussels and uses instant brown rice. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/quick-paella-with-shrimp-_n_1062052.html" target="_hplink">Quick Paella With Shrimp and Mussels recipe</a></strong>

  • Seafood Couscous Paella

    Spanish cuisine was greatly influenced by the Moors, who brought rice to Spain. This paella replaces the classic rice with Moroccan couscous. The seafood combination includes scallops and shrimp. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/seafood-couscous-paella_n_1049660.html" target="_hplink">Seafood Couscous Paella recipe</a></strong>

  • White Paella Rice With Bonito And Iberico Ham

    This paella recipe takes influence from Japan by using bonito stock, tuna, dashi powder and bok choy. The tuna is wrapped in slices of Iberico ham and seared. The recipe starts out on the stove but finishes in the oven. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/white-paella-rice-with-bo_n_1061266.html" target="_hplink">White Paella Rice with Bonito and Iberico Ham recipe</a></strong>

  • Summer Paella

    A mixed paella includes both meats and seafood. For this recipe, grill the vegetables, shrimp and sausage before you get the rice started. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/summer-paella_n_1056357.html" target="_hplink">Summer Paella recipe</a></strong>

  • Paella Rice With Lobster

    Adding lobster to your paella really puts it over the top. In this recipe the rice base is flavored with east Asian herbs and spices like coriander, lemongrass and fennel seed -- it also includes the classic Spanish spices of paprika and saffron. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/paella-rice-with-lobster_n_1061267.html" target="_hplink">Paella Rice with Lobster recipe</a></strong>


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