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Instant Gratification Not-Quite-Paella

I came home from work this morning starving, and realized I haven't had paella since 1997. So I, um, improvised. As usual, given my kitchen, it's fusion cuisine.

1 cup sushi rice
1 tbsp olive oil
1 head garlic, chopped
1 pat butter

Get a heavy-bottomed pan, like a cast iron skillet, and heat it. Sautee the garlic in the olive oil and butter. Normally, one would also add onions at this point, but I appear to be out of onions. When the garlic is soft, add the rice, and sautee the rice in the oil and garlic until it is transparent with a little white dot in the middle of each grain. At this point, add seasonings (I used curry powder, sweet paprika, cayenne, turmeric, garlic powder, kosher salt, pepper, and cilantro. I said it was fusion paella.) and then:

2 cups chicken stock
1.5 cups mixed frozen veggies
1 cup frozen corn
meat from two leftover chicken drumsticks
handful of cashews

Just sort of float this stuff on top.


Cook uncovered until the rice is done and the bottom has a lovely crunchy brown crust. Eat. Sigh happily. Probably serves about four normal people, or two large/hungry ones.

I'm probably going to squeeze a lime on mine and then dump some good yogurt on top, because it wound up going sort of Indian on me.

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