Paella with Tomatoes

Paella with Tomatoes

IHCCPotluck-time has come around again at IHCC, and I went for a tomato paella to make good use of the waning tomato season. The paella turned out really well with lots of flavour from the smoked paprika and the juicy tomato wedges. An easy to make recipe which will surely be a crowd-pleaser.
The picture above is a bit under the weather so to speak, as it has been a very cloudy day with difficult lighting conditions.

Paella with Tomatoes

Adapted from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman


3 1/2 cups vegetable stock or water
1 pound ripe tomatoes, cored and cut into thick wedges
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, minced
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
1 Tbsp tomato paste
large pinch saffron threads (optional) *
2 tsp smoked or other paprika
2 cups short-grain white rice **
minced parsley for garnish

* Omitted.
** I used sushi rice.


Preheat the oven to 450°F/200°C. Bring the stock or water almost to a boil. Toss the tomatoes with a little oil, salt and pepper and set aside.

Drizzle the rest of the olive oil into a large skillet and set on medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, salt and pepper and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste, saffron and paprika and cook for another minute. Add the rice and stir until it's been thorougly moistened.
Add the stock and stir to combine.

Transfer the (at this stage very soupy) rice mixture into a casserole. (If you have a skillet with an oven-proof handle or even a real paella pan, omitt this step.) Place the tomatoes on top and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes. When the rice has soaked up all the liquid, remove from the oven and set aside for about 5 minutes to cool. Sprinkle with the minced parsley.


Debinhawaii said...

OK--this looks delicious. What a great potluck pick--I'll take two servings please! ;-)

Kim said...

You have a wonderful knack for picking out fun recipes! I've never heard of paella with tomatoes and I am really intrigued. This looks perfect for using those garden fresh tomatoes.

I think your picture turned out great, but I understand completely about weather conditions, lighting and such. I have similar issues myself.

Joanne said...

Great use of the tomatoes! I am so sad the season is almost over!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Ah ... I need to review through this book again, I sure missed this one.
That looks/sounds really beautiful.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Mmm, I love paella - what a great way to use your tomatoes!

girlichef said...

Oh, I'll take some...it sounds deeeelicious!

Couscous & Consciousness said...

Great choice for potluck - paella is a real favourite of mine and this version looks perfect using up a surplus of tomatoes.