Pumpkin Succotash with Stewed Clams

December 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6 as a side dish


1 cup turkey stock
¼ pound fresh lima beans (or dried lima beans soaked overnight)
2 tablespoons turkey fat
1 leek, washed and chopped
3 scallions, chopped (keep white and green parts separate)
2 dozen little neck clams, rinsed
½ pound pumpkin, peeled and cubed
1 ear of corn, kernels removed from cob
¼ pound sunchokes, peeled and cubed
Sea salt


Boil lima beans in turkey stock until tender.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add turkey fat. Sauté the leeks and white part of the scallions, cook, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the clams, and sauté for a few minutes. Add the other vegetables one by one, waiting for each one to be almost cooked before adding the next. Add the boiled lima beans, and let everything cook together until all of the clams have opened.
Season with salt and garnish with reserved greens of scallions and serve.

©Recipe Property of Jacques Gautier, Palo Santo

Paella Valenciana

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 large Paella, Serves 8

Paella Valenciana is essentially the mother to all other forms of paella. Authentic Paella Valenciana is hard to find, but, when you do, you will find it to be as exquisite as paella gets. You can omit the snails in this recipe, but the paella will not be authentic. You can find the snails in cans at most specialty grocery stores.


20 snails
Coarse salt
Spanish olive oil
3-5 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 chicken thighs, boneless, skinless, chopped
1 can (28 ounces) peeled whole tomatoes
1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
2 cups green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped
¼ cup fresh thyme, chopped
2 cups chicken broth
3 cups water
3 cups Bomba rice (short grain white rice)
A few threads of saffron
2 cups white beans (lima), canned or cooked
Salt and pepper


Place the snails in a bowl, and sprinkle with coarse salt. Let rest for about 10 minutes. In a paella pan, heat the oil on a medium heat. Add garlic and onions, and sauté until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the chicken, and sauté until chicken is just about cooked through. Add tomatoes, making sure to crush them between your fingers so they break apart, and add paprika. Stir. Add green beans, fresh herbs, chicken broth, and water. Add rice and saffron. Bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper.

Once the paella is brought to a boil, reduce to low heat, and cook uncovered for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the beans and snails, and cook another 15 minutes, stirring gently every 5 minutes. Make sure the burner is on low heat and that the liquid is simmering gently. Once the rice is cooked, take off heat and cover. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

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