Smoked Pork Paella

Recipe courtesy of Louisiana Kitchen & Culture

Serves 6

  • 1 pound Swiss chard
  • ½ pound small red potatoes
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1    pinch saffron (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 to 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • cayenne pepper
  • 1½ cups rice
  • 1½ pounds pork or chicken, 1-inch cubes
  • salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste
  • 1 cup canned giant lima beans or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

Smoked Pork Paella

Smoked Pork Paella

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Preheat oven to 425°F.

Coarsely chop Swiss chard, discarding any tough stems. Wash thoroughly and set aside. Scrub potatoes and cut into bite-sized wedges; place in a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Add a pinch of salt, place over medium-high heat and cook until barely tender, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, Place chicken broth and saffron, if using, in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a bare simmer, reduce heat, and keep warm. When potatoes are done, drain and reserve off the heat.

Meanwhile, place olive oil in a large ovenproof pan over medium heat. When hot, add onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 10 to 12 minutes; do not brown. Add garlic and cook an additional 2 minutes. Add cumin and smoked paprika; combine and cook for 2 minutes, stirring often. Add rice and stir to coat with pan juices; cook, stirring often,until rice just begins to turn translucent. Add warm chicken stock, pork or chicken, and salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the broth is absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. Add Swiss chard and stir until wilted; stir in potatoes and beans. Transfer to the oven and bake until rice is al dente, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, cover, and allow to rest for 10 minutes.


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