Helen’s paella valenciana and marinated drummettes with Bourbon sauce

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Use drumettes, fennel and sweet white wine. Made by Helen
Use drummettes, fennel and sweet white wine. Made by Helen
Serving portion and the look of it.
Serving portion and the look of it.

HINT: Have all ingredients chopped and measured before beginning the final cooking of the paella. It is a quick cooking dish that must have all ingredients ready to go.

I use large cast-iron pan. The size of the dish for 22 drumettes. The amounts of the ingredients are relative and it does not matter if you use more of one and less of another or chose not to use some at all. The most important is the preparation of the rice that has to comes out loose.

1st thing to do marinade drumettes with Bourbon Sauce for 4-6 hrs or over night

Drummettes Ingredients

22 drumettes
1 tbs olive oil
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 eschalots, chopped
1 long red chili, chopped
125ml (½ cup) bourbon whiskey
2 tbs smoked paprika
400g can chopped tomatoes
2 tbs maple syrup
2 tbs tomato paste
2 tbs soy sauce
2 tbs white vinegar
2 sprigs rosemary
1 tbs brown sugar

2nd things to do
Paella Ingredients

1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
2 tablespoons hot water
4 cups chicken stock
120 ml sweet white wine (Gossip)
2 tablespoon olive oil
400 g chorizo, cut thin slices diagonally
1 leek, halve lengthwise and thinly slices
1 sml Spanish onion, finely diced
1 red capsicum, thinly slice
3 bunches asparagus, cut diagonally
1/2 sml bulb fennel, thinly shredded (use thin shredder machine)
2 or 3 garlic cloves, crushed
200 g can chopped tomato
1/2 teaspoon Hungarian Hot paprika
400 g medium grain white rice


Preheat oven 180 deg fan force. In a small bowl, crumble the saffron threads in the hot water; set aside. In a large pan over medium-heat heat, heat chicken stock; reduce heat to low and keep broth hot (not boiling).

Heat olive oil in the large heavy cast-iron pan over medium-high heat. Add the sausage slices, moving and turning to get them evenly browned; remove from pan and set aside onto paper towel.

If needed add a bit more olive oil to the pan. Add the drumettes and stir fry until brown lightly; remove from pan and place in lined baking tray.Then baked in preheated oven until well cooked about 1 hr. Rest with foil covered about 5 minutes.

Reduce the heat to medium. To the same pan, add the onion and garlic; sauté until the onion/garlic softens. Then add asparagus, capsicum, fennel, leek, tomato and paprika. Cook, stirring often, approximately 15 to 20 minutes or until the mixture has darkened and thickened.

NOTE: If the mixture start to stick to the bottom of the pan and burn, add some stock or water.

Add the rice and chorizo stirring until well coated. Cook, stirring constantly for approximately 2 minutes. Pour 4 cups hot stock with the saffron water into the rice mixture. Then add 120 ml wine to the the rice mixture.

NOTE: From this point on, do not stir the rice.

Simmer vigorously, moving the pan over the burners to distribute the heat and cook the rice as evenly as possible. After about 10 minutes, when the rice is at the same level as the liquid, reduce the heat to medium low. Arrange drumettes over the top of the rice.

Continue to simmer gently approximately 10 minutes, rotating the pan as necessary, until all the liquid has been absorbed. Taste a grain of rice that is just below the top layer of rice. It should be al dente with a tiny white dot in the center. If the rice is not done, but all the liquid has been absorbed, add a little additional stock or water and cook a few minutes more.

Finishing the Paella:
Remove the pan from the heat and cover loosely with a clean kitchen towel. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.



Bourbon and cranberries ham glaze and sauce


I use Bertocchi Ham. Thaw in fridge (place it in the coldest shelf) two days. Follow the instruction to removed the plastic wrap, string and another plastic wrap. Pat dry with clean towel. Then marinade it with Bourbon and Cranberries. Accompanied with Bourbon and Cranberries Sauce.

Bertocchi Ham. Glazed by  Helen
Bertocchi Ham. Glazed by Helen

cut up bourbon and cranberries ham

Made by Helen
Made by Helen

375 g Whole Cranberry Sauce in a jar
½ lemon, juiced
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 long red chilli, chopped
125ml (½ cup) bourbon whiskey
60ml (¼ cup) maple syrup
60ml (¼ cup) soy sauce
60ml (¼ cup) white vinegar
60ml (¼ cup) cola
2 tsp finely chopped rosemary
2 tsp hungarian hot paprika
2 tsp sweet paprika
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp ground cinnamon

Bourbon Sauce

1 tbs olive oil
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 long red chili, chopped
125ml (½ cup) bourbon whiskey
2 tbs sweet paprika
275 g jellied cranberry sauce
2 tbs maple syrup
2 tbs soy sauce
2 tbs white vinegar
2 sprigs rosemary
2 tsp hungarian hot paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground cinnamon