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Recipe: paella of Alghero

Recipe: paella of Alghero

In essence, what differentiates the paella from Alghero to the Spanish one is the use of the fregula instead of rice. But not only: this typical first course of Alghero, a seaside village located on the north-western coast of Sardinia, uses also della bottarga and Sardinian sausage. Unlike what you might think at first glance, this specialty is very recent: it dates back to 2003 and was prepared for the first time during the celebrations for the city's 900th anniversary. Sardinia, and in particular Alghero, underwent Hispanic domination for almost four centuries. This is why the Algherese paella is the gastronomic expression of the cultural contamination between Catalonia and Sardinia.

Ingredients

  • Sausage 200 g
  • Shrimp 300 g
  • Mussels 500 g
  • Calamari 200 g
  • Chicken 300 g
  • Tomatoes 400 g
  • A pepper Chicken
  • broth
  • Mullet roe 40 g
  • Saffron Peas 200 g
  • Five tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • Sardinian Fregola 400 g
  • Salt to taste
  • Grains of black pepper q.b.

Process

Cook the mussels in a pan. In the classic pan "da paella" we fry the onion in extra virgin olive oil. Add the crumbled sausage and chopped chicken breast. After a few minutes, add the yellow pepper, always cut into small pieces. Then we add, following this order: tomatoes, peas, saffron dissolved in a little broth and finally fregula. Vegetable broth should be added continuously to prevent the ingredients from burning. After the cooking time of the fregula, we add the squid cut into rings. Then, after 5 minutes, we also cut the prawns, fading with the water from the mussels. At this point we add the mussels, removing the valve without a shellfish. At the end of cooking, we give a nice sprinkling of mullet bottarga and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Photo by Ricette di Sardegna

...enjoy your meal!

By Redazione

Events in Alghero

  • Our Lady of Merced
    From 01-08-2019 To 07-08-2019 | Alghero (SS)
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-08-01 2019-08-07 Europe/Rome Our Lady of Merced An evocative procession at the sea, involving thousands of faithful. Alghero

    An evocative procession at the sea, involving thousands of faithful.

    Village of Alghero

  • Ferragosto
    15-08-2019 | Alghero (SS)
    Festival

    Add to calendar 2019-08-15 2019-08-15 Europe/Rome Ferragosto Pyrotechnic show, on which the fires of Algerian light fires to admire the fireworks. Alghero

    Pyrotechnic show, on which the fires of Algerian light fires to admire the fireworks.

    Village of Alghero

  • San Michele
    29-09-2019 | Alghero (SS)
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2019-09-29 2019-09-29 Europe/Rome San Michele Alghero

    Village of Alghero

  • Saint John Expo
    From 21-06-2019 To 30-09-2019 | Alghero (SS)
    Expo

    Add to calendar 2019-06-21 2019-09-30 Europe/Rome Saint John Expo With its gastronomic and commercial stands it marks the beginning of an artistic event called Los Pintores de La Muralla, which lasts until October. Alghero

    With its gastronomic and commercial stands it marks the beginning of an artistic event called Los Pintores de La Muralla, which lasts until October.

    Village of Alghero

  • Cap d'Any
    31-12-2019 | Alghero (SS)
    Festival

    Add to calendar 2019-12-31 2019-12-31 Europe/Rome Cap d'Any Spettacolo pirotecnico Alghero

    Spettacolo pirotecnico

    Village of Alghero

  • Setmana Santa
    From 07-04-2020 To 13-04-2020 | Alghero (SS)
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2020-04-07 2020-04-13 Europe/Rome Setmana Santa It is the most important religious event in Alghero, the Easter celebration of Spanish origins. It sees the participation of almost all of the population. A statue of Christ takes you through the procession and follows a precise calendar for every day. On Tuesday there is the Procession of the Mysteries of Sorrow, on Thursday the Via Crucis, on Friday the rite of the Christ's descendant of the cross and its deposition in the cradle, on Saturday the Day of Eve and on Easter Sunday the Resurrection. Other important events are the procession of Our Lady of Valverde, the sea-laying for the Holy Christ of the Coral Coast and the commemorations associated with St. Francis, Anna, Cecilia and Barbara. Alghero

    It is the most important religious event in Alghero, the Easter celebration of Spanish origins. It sees the participation of almost all of the population. A statue of Christ takes you through the procession...

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