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Definition of paella

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

Examples of paella in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While shopping, guests can also enjoy food vendors, offering treats such as fresh popcorn, ribs, gyros, roasted corn, arepas, pizza, guacamole and paella. Brett Shweky,, "Delray Affair gets new name and venue in mall’s parking lot," 26 Mar. 2021 Think chicken and veggies infused with garlic and lemon in a Dutch oven, or a seafood- and sausage-stuffed paella simmering in a large pan. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "40 Healthy One-Pot Meals to Simplify Your Weeknights," 24 Mar. 2021 The only exception to rinsing is when excess starch is desired to create a creamy texture, such as when making risotto or paella. Lauren Corona,, "How to cook rice," 21 Mar. 2021 But don’t just order the ingredients for paella; work to create an environment that mimics your vacation vision in your home. Popular Science, "Stuck at home? Trick your brain into treating a staycation like the real thing.," 22 Dec. 2020 Starters include poached shrimp, mini Spanish tortilla bites and little lobster sandwiches, while the entree runs between salad, wild mushroom paella and lamb chops with salsa verde. Janelle Bitker,, "48 Bay Area restaurants serving special New Year’s Eve feasts for takeout," 22 Dec. 2020 One version is a five-course meal with sangria ($89 for two) that runs through classics like paella, patatas bravas, ham croquettes and churros with chocolate cream. Janelle Bitker,, "48 Bay Area restaurants serving special New Year’s Eve feasts for takeout," 22 Dec. 2020 About six minutes into the dinner, Dixie encounters a snail in her paella. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Charli and Dixie D'Amelio are Being Called "Ungrateful" Following Their Latest YouTube Video," 19 Nov. 2020 During couple's portraits, guests headed to cocktail hour where Silva Carvalho Catering served up canapes, cheeses and jams, paella, a traditional mushroom and bean stew, and lots of tequila brought in from Spain. Shira Savada, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Pre-COVID Destination Wedding Has Us Dreaming of Traveling Again," 30 Dec. 2020

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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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4 Apr 2021

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“Paella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of paella

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

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