I Can’t Believe It’s Not Paella

Well, it is paella – sort of.

We didn’t follow a particular recipe, but combined elements of several we found online. And we left out the tomatoes and chorizo, because of the nightshade factor. I made sausage with ground pork and Penzey’s sausage seasoning, and we were liberal with the shrimp, tumeric and saffron. The results were melt-in-your-mouth fabulous. This might not pass for the real thing in Spain, but I was perfectly happy with the outcome. These days, I feel like there’s no recipe I can’t try, even if I end up doing some serious edits on the the ingredient list.

A word of warning: if you want to try paella in a restaurant, be sure to ask first if it is gluten free. It seems like a big, bold rice/seafood dish would be naturally gluten free, right? Well, not so fast. In our search for paella recipes, we came across several that called for bread crumbs in the dish. What the heck? I don’t know if it’s authentic, but there certainly could be bread crumbs in your favorite restaurant’s recipe. So make sure you know what you are getting before you eat someone else’s paella. I’m just saying…

About Li

A writer, runner, and Gluten-Free Zealot, I've been helping others navigate the gluten-free lifestyle for many years. Life is meant to be enjoyed, and when you're gluten-free, it's even better!
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