Recipe courtesy of Squid Ink Eclectic Eats & Drinks

Paella Fritters

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  • Level: Advanced
  • Total: 1 hr 40 min (includes resting time)
  • Active: 1 hr 15 min
  • Yield: 20 fritters
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Romesco Sauce:

30 ounces roasted red peppers

13 1/2 ounces toasted, sliced almonds

12 ounces olive oil blend

6 ounces red wine vinegar

3 ounces whole green onions

1 1/2 ounces garlic cloves

1 1/2 ounces fresh parsley

6 tablespoons kosher salt

1 1/2 tablespoons ground black pepper


17.5 ounces small-diced Spanish chorizo

28 ounces diced yellow onion

4 tablespoons minced garlic

Olive oil, for cooking

2 teaspoons smoked Spanish paprika

35 ounces white rice

2 teaspoons saffron

11 cups chicken stock, hot

14 ounces canned crushed tomatoes, drained

4 teaspoons kosher salt

28 ounces small-diced cooked chicken thighs

14 ounces thawed peas

3 tablespoons lemon zest

3 tablespoons chopped green onions

12 ounces manchego cheese, grated


2 eggs

18 ounces self-rising flour

17 ounces cornmeal

14 ounces cornstarch

8 1/2 ounces panko

2 ounces kosher salt

1/4 ounce ground black pepper

1/4 ounce cayenne pepper

1/4 ounce garlic powder

Pinch dried oregano

1 cup milk

Vegetable oil, for frying

1 cup arugula


Special equipment:
a deep-fryer or deep-fry thermometer
  1. For the romesco sauce: Blend roasted red peppers, almonds, olive oil, vinegar, green onions, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper in a food processor until smooth.
  2. For the rice: Lightly brown chorizo in a small pan.
  3. Brown onions and garlic in olive oil in a large pan on high heat. Add smoked Spanish paprika and cook until fragrant. Add white rice and gently stir to coat, then add saffron, chicken stock, tomatoes and salt. Simmer, covered, on low heat, until rice is cooked, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes, then fold in the chorizo, chicken, peas, lemon zest, green onions and manchego cheese.
  4. For the fritters: Mix rice with 1 beaten egg, then press down tightly.
  5. Combine flour, cornmeal, cornstarch, panko, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and dried oregano in a bowl. Stir together milk with remaining beaten egg.
  6. Scoop the rice into balls and toss in egg wash, then finish in the dry mixture.
  7. Bring oil to 350 degrees F in a deep-fryer or a Dutch oven fitted with a deep-fry thermometer.
  8. Fry the fritters until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
  9. Plate the fritters on top of arugula and top with romesco sauce.