Quorn Meat-free Chicken & Red Pepper Paella
Although Vegetarian paellas can be really tasty, this also gives the chance for "Veggie" diners to enjoy a more traditional chicken paella, by using Quorn® Meat Free fillets (or pieces). We have been experimenting with different combinations and have arrived with a dish that both my vegetarian and meat loving family find delicious.
This is a recipe for about 4 servings that can be easily cooked for an evening meal, regardless of the time of year. This paella was cooked on our amazing LotusGrill BBQ which is perfect for this size pan. You can see our range of LotusGrill sets here
Quorn® "Chicken" & Roasted Red Pepper PaellaSERVES AROUND 4 PORTIONS, USE A 36CM-38CM PAELLA PAN
Step 1 - Make up the stock
First make up the stock by dissolving 1 or 2 vegetable stock cubes (or Knorr stock pots) in a litre of boiling water. Adding a dash of marmite to gives the stock a slight meaty taste. Don't worry if you are not a Marmite fan, you will not notice it !. If you want, you can also add a small pinch of saffron at this stage to infuse in the stock. Taste for seasoning, It should be quite salty, but usually the stock cubes provide enough salt,
Step 2 - Fry the Quorn Pieces add the "Sofrito"
Heat a few tablespoons of the olive oil in the Paella Pan. Slice and part cook the Quorn® pieces, sprinkled with a little salt, until slightly browned . Because there is little fat in the Quorn® fillets you have to cook them over quite a high heat to brown.
Now we need to add the "Sofrito", one of the most important parts of the Paella, It is basically tomatoes (and sometimes onion) that have been fried down to a dark red paste. This traditionally was done by grating fresh tomatoes, but it is much easier by adding a few tablespoon of our Orlando Tomato Frito to the pan. Fry a little more, then mix with the rest of the "meat".
Step 3 - Season, Green beans & Stock
Once the ingredients are mixed thoroughly, add a spinkle of the Noras peppers or a sweet paprika, the green beans and about about half of the peppers. Mix around again and continue fry for few a minute more.
Step 4 - Add the Rice
Now add the rice, mix around briefly and gently to try and even out the rice ensuring all the rice grains are under the surface of the liquid. DO NOT STIR the rice after this.
Step 5 - Cover, rest and enjoy
Once most of the liquid has been absorbed, try the rice from under the top surface. It should be cooked "al dente" still with a slight nutty taste.