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paella over a wood fire

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  • katy Jun 20, 2006 09:14 PM
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Hi, I'm planning a beach party for my husband's birthday and I've decided to do a full-blown paella feast. Of course, to make life even more difficult, I'm planning to cook over a wood fire. Anyone ever done this? Any tips or strategies?
Thanks for any help.

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  1. It is the original method of cooking paella. I would suggest having all your ingredients prepped, and take several sheets of heavy duty foil to cover. The intense wood fire will enable you to develop the desirable soccarat, the rice crust. But be sure to watch it so it doesn't burn. As to the distance from pan to fire, you're on your own. TIP...try it out with a small paella with one cup rice and only chicken and sausage. Better to get a feel for it.

    1. I recommend you not try to cook over flaming wood. Have a separate burn-down fire where you let the wood burn down to glowing coals, then shovel the coals into your cooking pit. You'll have a much more even heat.

      Jim

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      1. re: Jim Washburn

        Or just light your fire, let it flame itself out, and then cook over it with just the occasional flareups, which is what most families do for Sunday paella... huge roaring fire paella is a trick for tourists and generally only works if you've already cooked the paella or are REALLY good at what you're doing.

      2. Check out some tips from a recent Post!!

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