Monday, May 07, 2007

Shrimp and Sausage with Saffron Rice

When I tasted this dish, it reminded me of paella. It has all the flavors and ingredients of paella, yet this is truly a super easy dish. Try to use andouille sausage because it really gives this dish a kick. Also, serve it with wedges of lime...the acidness really makes this dish pop! And don't you forget to serve the sangria!!!

INGREDIENTS (serves 4)

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces andouille sausage (or kielbasa), sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup white wine (we used champagne)
  • 1 14.5-ounce can low-sodium chicken broth
  • 12 saffron threads (you can find them in Trader Joe's)
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 3/4 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 sprigs fresh cilantro (optional)
  • Wedges of lime

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and brown on both sides, about 5 minutes total. Reduce heat to medium and add the onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Spoon off and discard all but 1 tablespoon of the fat.

Add the wine and cook for 2 minutes. Add the broth, saffron, and rice and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir the shrimp and peas into the rice, cover, and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Season with the salt and pepper. Spoon onto plates and add the cilantro (if using) and wedges of lime.


Ramseii said...
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Ramseii said...

THANKS! I got ahold of some saffron yesterday and was looking for someway to make use of it. I stumbled on this recipe and made a few minor additions and the recipe was perfect! I throughly enjoyed it and will add it to my recipe collection!!