Paella was originally a laborers' meal, cooked over an open fire in the fields and eaten directly from the pan using wooden spoons. Seafood is rare in the fields of Valencia, which is why they used chicken, rabbit, duck and snails.
Snails were the most commonly used meat as they were cheap. For special occasions, rabbit or duck would be added and the well-off would add chicken. Anyone that tries to tell you that the original paella was a seafood dish is wrong.
Paella originates in Valencia, Spain and the name of the dish refers to the actual pan. The dish symbolizes the heritage of two cultures, Roman, where the pan a flat dish called patella originated which evolved to the name its called today paella (pronounced pah-ay-ya) and Arab the source of the basic ingredient, rice.
Paella is a classic Spanish dish comprised of rice, stock, saffron, and a variety of meats, shellfish and vegetables. All are cooked in a large paella pan, outside over an open fire.
As a leading provider of a paella catering service, we take pride in offering the best and freshest paella catered your way. We are dedicated to serving the needs of our customers each and every day. Señor Pepe's Paella catering offers various types of paella's.
In addition to the ingredients below (and of course, the rice), paella will include vegetables-often peppers, tomatoes and green & white beans.
PAELLA VALENCIANA is the original paella and is made from chicken, pork and/or rabbit. (optional of course), there is no prawn in sight.
PAELLA DE MARISCOS seafood paella. The fact that paella valenciana came first is not to say the seafood version is not 'authentic'. Will contain prawns, mussels and calamares (squid).
PAELLA MIXTA the best of both worlds. It's a mixture of meat and seafood.
PAELLA VEGETAL or VEGETERIANA Spanish cuisine has broken from its typical mentality by providing a vegetarian paella as well.
Please call us for a quote. The cost will depend on the number of guest and the ingredients you would like.
(20 person minimum per order) Please book your event early.
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