I had a wonderful surprise at noon today when my Twitter feed announced the two finalists in Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubb’s Food52.com paella recipe contest. The winning recipe will appear in the next Food 52 Cookbook. One final entry was for a “Moorish Paella”, prepared with lamb sausage, and cumin and harissa. My entry, the other finalist, was for the “tailgate” paella that I prepare for cookouts, campfires, fishing trips and football games. It has, on past occasions, fed the West Point “B” parking during Army football season, and made guest appearances at Giants stadium.
|The food52.com preparation of Rambler’s “Tailgate Paella”|
I think the uniqueness of the preparation – cooking it on an outdoor grill – caught the judges’ attention. It has also been the centerpiece of many a kitchen dinner at home, with variations of this recipe prepared stove-top. Cooking it on an outdoor BBQ – especially a Webber kettle – produces a crispy, smoky, finished product that goes nicely with outdoor dining. The Food52 website also prepared a slideshow video of Merrill and Amanda’s preparation, which you can view on their website. You can also view (and hopefully vote for) the recipe in the contest here: Food52.com The info is all under “Your Best Paella” recipe contest. I’m thinking TV Food Network? Or not.