Thursday, January 26, 2012
Paella a la Costco
Put a swirl of olive oil in the Dutch oven and saute a chopped onion and several sliced mini sweet peppers. Add about 1/2 C lentils and 2 C Jasmine rice, some chopped snap peas, and saute slightly. Add 4 C chicken stock, the dab of tomato soup and small serving of leftover broccoli that was languishing in the fridge, several chopped Kalamata olives, some chopped fresh cilantro, some seasonings (salt, pepper, smoked Spanish paprika, thyme, basil, etc.) When the stock comes to a boil give it one last stir, put some thin lemon slices (Meyer lemons from Costco, supposedly they're "chef's choice") on top, turn the heat to low and put the lid on. Leave it to cook for 25 minutes while whatever meat you're planning heats up, and get someone else to set the table and toss a salad.
I don't know if you can call it paella if it doesn't have meat in it, but it's a whole lot nicer than rice-a-roni and not that much harder.