pa·​el·​la | \ pä-ˈā-yə How to pronounce paella (audio) , -ˈāl-yə, -ˈe-lə, -ˈā-lə How to pronounce paella (audio) \

Definition of paella

: a saffron-flavored dish containing rice, meat, seafood, and vegetables

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The menu includes seafood paella for two and an assortment of poke bowls, a natural evolution since Seamore’s was among the first New York restaurants to serve poke. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "French Techniques and Korean Ingredients Meet Up in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn," 13 Mar. 2018 The dumpling, the taco, and the pan of paella, for example, all had extremely popular backing. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Tacos, dumplings, bagels: the complicated politics of food emoji," 5 Oct. 2018 McGillivray and Zhou have a few recommendations: Answering the door for the Seamless delivery man (and looking perfectly respectable while doing so), pruning your bonsai, or cooking paella. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Is This the Comfiest Robe Ever? Introducing Offhours, and Their Wearable Duvet," 19 Oct. 2018 The paella de hongo ($17), on the other hand, delivered the most impressive showing of all dishes sampled. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Spanish flavors are bold (but imperfect) at this Louisville restaurant," 27 June 2018 My deluxe paella — the one packed with a Noah’s ark of surf and turf — tasted and smelled like mussels gone bad, and the $46 pricetag only intensified the sting. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: New Dominion restaurant Acú Bistro Bar aims high but misses a few," 7 June 2018 Featured dishes include tempura soft-shell crab with kimchi ramps and iberico pork chop with crispy soft-shell paella cake. Carolina Gusman,, "Chefs dish up literary delights at annual Eat. Drink. Read.," 17 May 2018 Use a large, wide sauté pan or a paella pan, not a deep-sided frying pan. Debbie Moose, charlotteobserver, "NC’s waters offer so much seafood goodness. Open your eyes, and plates, to it. | Charlotte Observer," 3 Apr. 2018 The dish is inspired by the flavors of paella, and suggests serving the mussels with a good bread to sop up all the juices. Robin Currie,, "Bring the tapas bar home with 'Boqueria'," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of paella

circa 1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paella

Catal, literally, pot, pan, from Middle French paelle, from Latin patella small pan — more at patella

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The first known use of paella was circa 1892

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English Language Learners Definition of paella

: a Spanish dish of rice, meat, seafood, vegetables, and spices

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