If eggs are my favorite food, paella is a very close second. I know, I know, totally different things but they’re both delicious and super versatile.
The first time I had paella was in a Portuguese restaurant down the shore in New Jersey and I was fascinated by the creamy rice, the crispy bottom rice crust, and the delicious saffron-seasoned seafood.
The next time I ate paella I was on the beach in Spain with my mom for my 30th birthday – pretty incredible there too!
I order it whenever I see it on a menu, so when Mr. Big said he could make it for me over a woodfire in our backyard, I was immediately on Amazon looking for a paella pan that would fit over the firepit. This one is 26 inches, which definitely feeds a crowd!
For appetizers, I chose fresh tomato bruschetta and this Tuna & Chickpea Salad that reminded me of a Cod & Chickpea Salad we had in Portugal last summer:
I also chose gazpacho shooters from my friends at Tio Gazpacho – a perfect, light soup that was portable, too, so everyone could mingle! (Side Note: These are the best portable snacks – I get the sampler and it lasts 1-2 months!)
For dinner, we created this incredible paella from a recipe from La Tienda, and served it atop two logs right in the center of the table. Talk about a show stopper!
What do you think? What would you add to your Paella Party?
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