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Definition of paella

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Seafood fans will have many options, including two different paellas, Galician octopus, stuffed calamari, and trout baked in a salt crust. Tina Danze, Dallas News, "Spain’s legendary Enrique Tomás restaurant and store opening Feb. 12 in Dallas," 7 Feb. 2020 Livery’s $20 per person, three-course menu includes the restaurant’s beloved empanada appetizers, shrimp and chorizo paella for dinner and churros for dessert. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Eat cheap at Indianapolis' best restaurants during 13 weeks of menu deals in 2020," 20 Jan. 2020 Some surmise that it was created by Spanish settlers in New Orleans who were trying to re-create paella using tomatoes in place of the more expensive and hard-to-find saffron. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "Gumbo vs. Jambalaya: What's the Real Difference?," 17 Jan. 2020 And at its worst, even the tiniest mishaps, like the wrong ingredients in the paella, feel like the end of the world. Stephanie Wu, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Complete Guide to Group Travel," 23 Sep. 2019 With bocadillos, paella and other Spanish eats made with a Californian sensibility, César was immediately distinct in the Bay Area’s restaurant landscape — and far ahead of its time. Janelle Bitker,, "Remembering Richard Mazzera, who pioneered tapas-style dining at César in Berkeley," 18 Dec. 2019 Indeed, the eatery’s first-round offerings include everything from paella to curry to the toothy, black squid ink seafood pasta ($19) in a nicely spicy arrabiata sauce. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Delaney’s Tavern, a dose of delicious near downtown | Review," 27 Nov. 2019 Admission is $30 and includes three pintxos (small snacks), one serving of paella and a bottle of water. Susan Dunne,, "Connecticut celebrates diversity with these cultural festivals through the rest of summer," 18 July 2019 After earthquakes, as hurricanes blow and drench, when wildfires chew through neighborhoods and volcanoes spew deadly lava, look for a gregarious chef toting huge and mighty paella pans. San Diego Union-Tribune, "When disaster strikes, Chef Jose Andres is on the ground," 27 Sep. 2019

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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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21 Feb 2020

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“Paella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of paella

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

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