FIDEUÀ / Short noodle seafood paella
Ingredients (serves 4)
300 gr of little shrimp, peeled
150 gr of squid (or cuttlefish)
300 gr of clams
1 onion, chopped
2 or 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
200 gr red tomatoes, peeled and chopped
150 ml olive oil
300 gr noodles
15 saffron threads
fish stock (double the volume of the noodles)
Put the noodles in an oven tray, drizzle with oil and bake them till golden stirring every now and then. You can do this in a pan on the stove if you prefer.
Heat the oil in a paella pan and fry the squid and shrimps until slightly golden. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
Fry onion and garlic, finely chopped, in the same hot oil. After a few minutes, add the tomato and fry over medium heat.
When the tomato dries completely, stir in the clams.
Cook for a couple of minutes, stir in the noodles.
Add the hot stock (previously infused with saffron) and bring it to the boil.
Add the shrimp and squid, mix and distribute evenly. Noodles can’t be touched beyond this point!
Increase the heat to medium-high and cook for (+/-) 7 minutes, rotating and swirling the pan to distribute the heat evenly. Let it stand for about 5 minutes covered with a cloth before serving.
It is usually served with allioli.
– 2 garlic cloves
– 15 cl olive oil
-a pinch of salt
*To prepare a good allioli, there are a few tips to consider:
-if the garlic has any green germ, remove it.
-all ingredients must be at room temperature
-the oil must be added in a thin stream and following the chopped garlic.
-the whisking should always be carried out in the same direction.
Peel garlic and split cloves in half to look for any germ. Add a pinch of salt to keep the garlic from spreading, and mash to a very smooth paste. Once the paste is ready, add a splash of mild olive oil while whisking in one direction at a constant speed. The allioli is ready when the pestle can stand up in the middle of the sauce. You can also add an egg yolk, but then it becomes a garlic mayonnaise, a different sauce also very popular in Catalonia.