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In this special weekly feature, TODAY food editor Phil Lempert brings you recipes “stolen” (with permission) from notable restaurants across America. See how much fun you can have (and money you can save) by cooking these dishes at home.
THIS WEEK: Paella Bites from Marmalade Restaurant & Wine Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico
For those that don't know what paella is, it's a Spanish rich dish traditionally cooked in a wide, shallow pan with looped handles (paellera). The main ingredients are rice, saffron and olive oil. Other ingredients vary but you can add anything from vegetables, shrimp, squid, duck to lobster. Today it is one of the most famous rice dishes in the world. There are so many different equally delicious ways to cook paella, but we have to say ... we've found one of our favorites! In our opinion, the best part of paella is the crispy texture of the rice (called the socarrat) that forms at the bottom of the pan. What's unique about this recipe is that it maximizes that crispy goodness. Yum!
About the chef: Chef and owner Peter Schintler has traveled to over forty countries on five continents, and worked under six different master chefs from France to Asia at restaurants such as Raymond Blanc’s Le Manior aux Quat Saisons, La Contea in Piedmonte, and Le Cirque in Manhattan.
Schintler first achieved notoriety in Singapore where he was nominated as Asia’s rising star Chef of the Year in 2003 as well as Hotel Magazine and Villeroy & Boch naming his restaurant, Blu, one of the ten best restaurants in the world the same year.
His current restaurant, Marmalade, is a new world blend of seasonal, refreshing, ingredient-driven Napa Valley cuisine grounded with classical techniques recognized as Californian-French or Cuisine de Terre.
Paella Bites is served at Marmalade Restaurant & Wine Bar for $10.50 or part of a 10 course bite-sized foods and wine pairing for $99. The recipe is for a serving size of two (assuming a three course dinner).
Marmalade Restaurant & Wine Bar
317 Fortaleza Street
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901
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