seafood, sausage and bell pepper paella

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  • add   8 garlic cloves, minced
  • add   4 large onions, coarsely chopped
  • add   1/4 cup finely chopped fresh thyme
  • add   2 teaspoons salt
  • add   3 large red bell peppers, quartered
  • add   16 mussels, scrubbed and debearded
  • add   1/4 cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • add   3 large green bell peppers, quartered
  • add   3 1/2 cups chicken stock or canned broth
  • add   1 pound 1-inch-thick halibut or sea bass fillets or shark steaks, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • add   1 1/2 pounds uncooked large shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails intact
  • add   2 tablespoons diced salt pork
  • add   *Spanish chorizo, a fresh, garlic-flavored pork link sausage that is milder than Mexican chorizo, is available at Spanish markets. Linguiça, a similar Portuguese sausage, is available at Spanish and Latin American markets.
  • add   1 10-ounce package frozen peas, thawed
  • add   Vegetable oil
  • add   3/4 cup olive oil
  • add   1/2 pound tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • add   4 cups short-grain rice
  • add   1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • add   16 littleneck clams, scrubbed
  • add   1 tablespoon cracked black peppercorns
  • add   Lemon, quartered
  • add   1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • add   Limes, quartered
  • add   8 tablespoons dry red wine
  • add   1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • add   8 chicken legs
  • add   1 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
  • add   1 pound hot Italian sausages
  • add   8 ounces 1/4-inch-thick ham slices, cut into 2 x 1/4-inch strips
  • add   2 bay leaves
  • add   3 cups bottled clam juice
  • add   1 1/2 pound Spanish chorizo or linguiça sausage,* casings removed
  • add   3 large yellow bell peppers, quartered
  • add   4 8-ounce frozen uncooked lobster tails (optional), thawed and split lengthwise
  • add   1/4 cup finely chopped fresh oregano

Instructions

  1. Combine oregano, thyme and parsley in small bowl. Transfer half of chopped herbs to processor. Add 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon red wine, peppercorns, coriander, 3 minced garlic cloves, cayenne, salt and vinegar. Blend until coarse paste forms. Place chicken on large plate. Rub all but 2 tablespoons paste mixture over chicken. Cover and chill until ready to use.
  2. Divide 1/4 cup olive oil between 2 large Dutch ovens or heavy large deep skillets over medium heat. Divide chorizo, onions, tomatoes, ham, salt pork, remaining chopped herbs and remaining 5 minced garlic cloves between Dutch ovens. Cook until onions are soft but not brown, crumbling sausage with fork and stirring frequently, about 15 minutes. Transfer chorizo mixture to large bowl. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate remaining 2 tablespoons herb paste, chicken legs and chorizo mixture separately.)
  3. Divide remaining 1/4 cup olive oil between Dutch ovens. Add half of chicken and Italian sausages to each Dutch oven and cook until brown and partially cooked, turning frequently, about 8 minutes for sausages and 12 minutes for chicken. Transfer to plate. Return half of chorizo mixture to each Dutch oven.
  4. Meanwhile, bring stock and clam juice to simmer in heavy medium saucepan. Add saffron and mix well.
  5. Add half of rice to each Dutch oven. Cook over high heat until opaque, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Divide remaining herb paste and remaining 7 tablespoons wine between Dutch ovens. Bring to simmer, scraping up any bits. Stir half of stock mixture into each Dutch oven. Divide shrimp, clams, mussels, fish and bay leaves between Dutch ovens. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until rice is very tender, stirring occasionally, about 25 minutes. Discard any clams or mussels that do not open.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Brush grill and lobster with vegetable oil. Place lobsters on grill shell side down. Add chicken and grill until lobster and chicken are cooked through, turning occasionally, about 15 minutes. Transfer to large plate. Tent with foil to keep warm. Add Italian sausage and bell peppers to grill and cook until sausage is cooked through and pepper are brown in spots, turning frequently, about 10 minutes. Transfer sausages and peppers to another plate. Cut sausages into 2-inch pieces. Cut bell peppers into 1/2-inch-wide strips.
  7. Divide chicken, lobster, sausage, peppers and peas between Dutch ovens. Cover, remove from heat and let stand 15 minutes. Rearrange shellfish and peppers decoratively atop rice. Serve with lime and lemon wedges.

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