Paella with Chorizo Balls

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(makes enough for 1 large paella or 6-8 small)
For the Chorizo Balls
  • 500g pork mince
  • 2 chorizo sausages, skin removed & roughly minced in blender or roughly chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 slice sour dough crust removed, soaked in a little milk to soften
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ bunch parsley, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
          For the Paella
  • 60g peas
  • 100g small green beans
  • 250g paella rice
  • 2 red capsicums, roasted, peeled & sliced
  • 1 tbsp smoked sweet paprika
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, peeled & chopped
  • .05g saffron threads steeped in 50ml warm water
  • 60ml dry white wine
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1-1.5litres chicken stock
          To Garnish
  • 2 lemons, sliced in wedges
  • ¼ bunch parsley, chopped
For the Prawn Salad
  • 6 cooked prawns peeled, deveined & cut in half
  • ½ lemon, finely sliced
  • ½ red onion, finely sliced
  • 4 sprigs parsley chopped
  • Salt & pepper to taste

For the Chorizo Balls
Mix all ingredients together & season to taste with salt & pepper. Roll into small balls & then fry in a frypan heated with a little oil until golden brown on all sides.
For the Paella
Place a large frypan or paella pan on a low flame, add a little oil & add onion and garlic and sauté until soft. Add the rice and stir. Add the wine & allow to evaporate, then add the chopped tomatoes, saffron, paprika & season with salt & pepper. Begin adding the stock, allowing to simmer until the stock is absorbed, & continue adding stock until the rice is ¾ cooked. Spoon into individual paella pans & top with chorizo balls. Add the green beans, peas & strips of roasted capsicum, & add a little more hot stock. Bring to simmer, cover & turn off the heat, or place in oven, allowing to rest for a few minutes to absorb all the liquid. Garnish with prawn salad & serve with a wedge of lemon & chopped parsley if desired.
For the Prawn Salad
Combine together and serve on top of chorizo ball paella.