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Smokey Tomato Paella

Smokey Tomato Paella
Paella is a traditional rice dish originating from Spain. Today paella is made all over the world using just about any ingredient that goes with rice – from shellfish, squid, vegetables, chicken or pork. This recipe uses chorizo, saffron, garlic, tomatoes, red pepper, and peas to create a flavorful Spanish-Influenced meal!

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Cuisine: Fusion
Recipe type: Dinner, Lunch

Ingredients
  • chicken stock 4 cups (32 fl. Oz.)
  • saffron 1 pinch
  • olive oil ½ cup
  • chorizo links (8 ounces) 3
  • red onion ½
  • garlic cloves 4
  • medium grain rice 2½ cups
  • paprika 3 teaspoons
  • salt 4 teaspoons
  • cans of diced tomatoes 2 (14.5 ounces)
  • Red bell pepper 1
  • frozen green peas I cup

Preparation
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 F. In a small saucepan heat chicken stock with saffron and keep warm.
  2. Inside your IMUSA PAELLA PAN add olive oil and bring to medium-high heat.
  3. Add chorizo, onions, and garlic and sauté for about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Mix in rice, paprika, and salt and stir until well combined.
  5. Add tomatoes and mix evenly.
  6. Place bell pepper strips in a circle around the paella
  7. Add about 2 cups of the warm chicken stock and allow to simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes without stirring.
  8. Add another cup of stock and simmer for another 5 minutes. Add final cup of stock and put pan in the oven and roast for 10-15 minutes, until all of the liquid is evaporated. If the rice looks too dry add a small amount of stock or water and cook a bit longer. When the rice is ready, remove from the oven, sprinkle green peas and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
  9. NOTE: You can make a seafood paella version of this recipe by replacing chicken stock with fish stock and adding raw shrimp, scallops, and clams onto the rice before adding stock. SERVES 10 TO 12.

Chorizo & Ham Empanadas with Ranch Cilantro Dipping Sauce

Chorizo & Ham Empanadas with Ranch Cilantro Dipping Sauce
Empanadas are a pastry filled with meat, seafood, or cheese. This delicious recipe combines chorizo & ham with a tomato-based sauce and accompanies it with a slightly spicy ranch dipping sauce!

Author:
Cuisine: Fusion
Recipe type: Appetizer, Snack, Lunch, Dinner

Ingredients
  • olive oil 2 tablespoons
  • garlic clove 1
  • onion ¼ cup
  • green bell pepper ¼ cup
  • tomato sauce ½ cup
  • vino seco (dry white cooking wine) ¼ cup
  • pepper ¼ teaspoon
  • ground Spanish chorizo sausage ½ pound
  • ground sweet ham
  • salt 20
  • discos para empanadas (frozen turnover pastry disks)
  • flour
  • thick ranch dressing (we like Marie’s) 1 cup
  • hot sauce (like Tabasco) 1 to 2 tablespoons
  • cilantro 1 to 2 teaspoons

Preparation
  1. To make the filling, heat the oil in a shallow IMUSA pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the garlic, onion, and bell pepper, and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes, until soft.
  3. the tomato sauce, vino seco, and pepper, and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Add the chorizo and ham and continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Turn the heat off and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. Taste and add salt, if necessary.
  5. Pre-Heat your IMUSA empanada maker by simply plugging it in. Your empanada maker is properly heated and ready to use once the green light turns on.
  6. Remove one package of the pastry disks from the refrigerator. (Always leave the ones you aren’t working with in the refrigerator. They are easier to work with if they are firm.) Working on a lightly floured surface, separate the disks
  7. Place 1 to 1½ tablespoons in the center of each whole disk. Fold each disk to make a semicircle. Using the tines of a fork, press around the edges to seal.
  8. Bake in preheated IMUSA empanada maker for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden.
  9. To make the dipping sauce, combine the ranch dressing and hot sauce in a bowl and garnish with the cilantro. Serve in a small bowl alongside the hot empanadas.