pa·​el·​la | \pä-ˈā-yə, -ˈāl-yə, -ˈe-lə, -ˈā-lə \

Definition of paella 

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

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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 Seven entree items round out the otherwise small plates focused menu, including two paellas, a house-ground burger, and a pan roasted chicken and saffron rice dish. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Spanish flavors are bold (but imperfect) at this Louisville restaurant," 27 June 2018 Actor Rob Schneider was lambasted in 2016 for making paella the wrong way—in the oven and with lobster tails. Elisha Maldonado, WSJ, "Bourdain vs. the Social-Justice Warriors," 11 June 2018 In that neighborhood, Liborio became a lunchtime favorite of lawyers and office workers with its Cuban sandwiches, empanadas, ropa vieja, chicken with mojo and seafood paella. Todd A. Price,, "Do you remember Liborio? A lost New Orleans restaurant," 29 May 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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