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NATIONAL SPANISH PAELLA DAY
March 27th is the annual observance of National Spanish Paella Day. A rice dish from Spain, paella has become very popular and is known worldwide. It originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain.
At lunchtime, workers in the fields would make the rice dish in a flat pan over a fire. They mixed in whatever they could find – such as rabbits, snails, and vegetables. Later, for special occasions, chicken was added. Paella has spread to every region of Spain and worldwide, using almost any type of ingredient that goes well with rice.
There are many versions of recipes of paella. Key ingredients are saffron and olive oil. Saffron is an essential spice that also turns the rice into a beautiful golden color.
HOW TO OBSERVE #SpanishPaellaDay
- Order Spanish paella tonight for supper.
- Master this Spanish rice dish and share it with family and friends. We’ve provided a few versions for you to try, too!
- Use #SpanishPaellaDay to post on social media.
Spanish Paella FAQ
Q. Can paella be served as a side dish?
A. Yes, though it is also a perfect main dish.