Abuelo’s Rabbit Paella

  • Details
  • Related Items

I had the pleasure of making this paella along with my friend Maria. She immigrated here from Madrid and while making this for me, she was beaming with nostalgia. She told me how her grandpa, Cristobal, took great pride in making paella outdoors in the hot Spanish summers. This Valencia-styled paella is made with saffron, smoky sweet paprika, rabbit, and chicken. One of my favorite parts were the large creamy beans and nutty artichoke pieces. The rabbit gets tender while cooking and is similar in texture and flavor to chicken. We’re a long ways from Valencia, but I would like to think this dish tasted like a summer vacation in Spain.

Paella is a traditional, one-pan dish from Spain. The meats and vegetables used varies from region to region but all keep the signature saffron infused rice as the base. This type of recipe, paella valenciana, is hundreds of years old and comes from the paella birthplace, Valencia.

A big thanks to Maria O’Connor who taught me her ways and her grandfather Cristobal Nebot for passing down this wonderful dish.

 Leave a Comment

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Saffron Barberry Nougat

Saffron Barberry Nougat

Yes, really! This stunner of a candy recipe makes a festive treat for the holidays. Sweet and chewy, tart and crunchy, it is impossible to resist. Two pinches of saffron are enough to get a …


Afro-Vegan  by Bryant Terry is the  World Spice Cookbook Club selection for May. We are whipping up his incredible Chermoula recipe! Chermoula is a versatile marinade combining fresh herbs with dried spices, oils and citrus to create …

Saffron Raspberry Rolls

Saffron Raspberry Rolls

Using a bit of creativity, spices can be the perfect spark to elevate familiar comfort foods to new heights. This is especially true when they’re utilized in nontraditional ways. These rolls are elegant and exotic, …

Pink Peppercorn and Ginger Poached Pears

Here’s a show-stopping dessert from from My Two Souths and Chef Asha Gomez. Based on her love of pears here in the US, this gorgeous Pink Peppercorn and Ginger Poached Pears recipe had us eagerly awaiting …

Chicken Drumsticks with Spices and Coconut Milk

This lovely recipe comes from Béatrice Peltre’s My French Family Table, the World Spice Cookbook Selection for May 2017.  This recipe is one of the author’s favorite chicken “go to recipes” for when she needs …