Paella is a traditional Spanish dish of saffron-flavored rice, traditionally cooked over an open fire in a flat round pan for workers in the fields. At that time chicken, rabbit, duck and snails were often the featured proteins. Over time the dish has evolved and is now best known as a seafood based dish.
Wednesday, March 27th is National Spanish Paella Day and El Meson, who is celebrating their 35th year as a local owned eatery, now operated by the 3rd generation of family, wants to share their love of this dish with the Miami Valley. Starting on Monday, March 25th through Friday March 29th you can order Paella for 2 and receive a $10 discount on the meal. You can chose from the traditional seafood Paella Valenciana which includes chicken, chorizo, pork, peas, onions, tomatoes, shrimp, mussels, pimentos, and lemons, and of course saffron. or the Paella de Mariscos which is all seafood with shrimp, calamari, scallops, fish, scallops, mussels, peas, onions, tomatoes, piments, garlic, and lemons! When ordering, be aware this dish takes about 30 minuts to prepare, so feel free to relax over some appetizers and a pitcher of Sangria or try a Pisco Sour.
On Wed, to celebrate the holiday, El Meson will be offering free samples of Paella during happy hour from 4:30-6pm in their bar.
If you’d like to try to make it yourself ,ElMeson has shared this recipe for Paella for 5:
(To watch Chef Mark Abbott make this dish, check out this clip from WDTN’s Living Dayton.)
1/4 cup Xtra Virgin olive oil
1/2 cup Diced onions
1/2 cup Diced tomatoes
2 T. minced Garlic
Sautee until tender then add –
1/2 lb Chicken cubed
1/2 lb Fish cubed
1/2 lb Chorizo (Spanish Sausage)
When half cooked, add –
2 cups rice
4 cups seasoned fish broth (salt, white pepper, 5 threads of saffron)
Cover and allow rice to bloom (approx 20 minutes)
Add : 10 large shrimp,10 scallops, 10 black mussels
Recover for 5 minutes
Finally add 1 cup thawed green peas
Garnish with roasted red pepper strips and lemon wedges
Add juice of 2 lemons over entire Paella
And then enjoy !!!!
Dayton Most Metro wants to treat 2 of our readers to a Paella Dinner at El Meson. If you’d like a chance to win, share this article with your friends and enter below. We’ll choose a winner at 5pm on Tuesday, March 26th.
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