“When talking about a tradition, everybody gives his own opinion “ - by paellalover.com
Traditional food does not escape to this rule. This is exactly the case of the authentic traditional Valencian paella. And we, Valencian people, get really excited – if not stressed out and outraged, when the time to cook paella comes. As the paella is a mix of various ingredients, the recipe cannot be protected by the certification of a denomination of origin. Therefore, a non lucrative association in Valencia has agreed to find out what are exactly the common ingredients for the authentic traditional Valencian paella in order to keep and maintain a standard and protect the recipe from “aggressions”. The ingredients, after an exhaustive research in more than 170 restaurants and 70 particular sites, are the following:
Yes, only with these ten ingredients you can be sure you will make the best authentic traditional Valencian paella.
At the same time, and following the results of the mentioned research, the paella is a unique recipe, but it can be prepared slightly different depending on the influence of the areas where it is cooked: paella has as many ways to cook it as there are villages, and in the same way as many as there are cooks. For instance, Valencia is a very fertile region for vegetables and it is very common to find artichokes as well as snails and/or rosemary in many recipes. In other Valencian areas, people use as well sweet pepper; and near to the Albufera of Valencia (Valencian lagoon) it is very common to use duck instead of chicken, but in this case, as duck meat contains more fat than the chicken, we have to use less oil in the recipe to avoid the paella being fatty. Red pepper is used as well in a region called Vall d'Albaida, towards the south west of Valencia city and pork ribs in Castellon, north of Valencia.
All the above goes for the authentic traditional Valencia paella, but similar to this is the case of seafood and other paellas, where each cook can use the ingredients at hand. There are some special cases (like the traditional one) where the ingredients are already given, but other cases, you are the master and you can choose whatever you want to include in the paella. But please, always staying within the limits!. At the same time, in case in your area/region there are not of the main ingredients available, there might probably be similar ingredients which you can use instead of the mentioned ones.
At the same time, and although these are the 10 main ingredients of the traditional valencian paella, one cook equals one paella. And because I want to keep tradition not only in Valencia, but as well in my family, I am showing you the ingredients that we use in addition to the ones we have just seen: artichokes, snails, rosemary, pimentón (red dried sweet pepper) and garlic. Yes, I know: you might have not expected snails in the paella, but they belong as well to the ingredients and give a nice light flavor. But don’t worry, because as explained before, „you can choose whatever you want to include in the paella. But please:always staying within the limits“
YOU DON´T HAVE TO COOK FANCY OR COMPLICATED MASTERPIECES - JUST GOOD FOOD FROM FRESH INGREDIENTS JULIA CHILD
YOU DON´T HAVE TO COOK FANCY OR COMPLICATED MASTERPIECES - JUST GOOD FOOD FROM FRESH INGREDIENTS
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