March 27th is the annual observance of National Spanish Paella Day.  A rice dish from Spain, paella has become very popular and is known around the world.  It originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain.

At lunchtime, workers in the fields would make the rice dish in a flat pan over a fire. They mixed in whatever they could find – such as rabbits, snails, and vegetables. Later, for special occasions, chicken was added. Paella has spread to every region of Spain, as well as worldwide, using almost any type of ingredient that goes well with rice.

There are many versions of recipes of paella.  Key ingredients are saffron and olive oil. Saffron is an essential spice that also turns the rice a beautiful golden color.

This is a great dish to share with family and friends. Try it as an alternative menu to a shrimp or crawfish boil. An interesting backyard barbecue, or a great reason to have a party. In our family we all bring ingredients and make it together.

HOW TO OBSERVE #SpanishPaellaDay

Master this Spanish rice dish and share it with family and friends. We’ve provided a few versions for you to try, too!

Vegetarian Paella
Classic Seafood Paella
Easy Paella

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