Montreal Cooking Class: Making Paella at Ateliers and Saveurs

Montreal Cooking Class: Making Paella at Ateliers and Saveurs

Want a unique and fun experience in Montreal? Then take a cooking class at Ateliers & Saveurs. We did, and we liked it!

WJ joined a small group (total of 6 women) for a lunchtime paella cooking class. Chef Nicole at Ateliers & Saveurs spent 30 minutes guiding us through the preparation of a quick, simple, and delicious paella recipe.

Paella Cooking Class at Ateliers & Saveurs in Montreal

Paella Cooking Class at Ateliers & Saveurs in Montreal – Chef Nicole

With 6 participants in our group, we each were given a task (chopping) to hasten the prepping of vegetables and meats.

Viv Chopping Onion in Paella Cooking Class at Ateliers & Saveurs

Viv Chopping Onion in Paella Cooking Class at Ateliers & Saveurs

Viv chopped the red onion, and Marie José diced the red and green peppers.

Group Effort - Prep Work in Paella Cooking Class at Ateliers & Saveurs

Group Effort – Prep Work in Paella Cooking Class at Ateliers & Saveurs

The other participants diced chicken, chopped chives, and sliced chorizo.

Toasting the Rice for Paella

Toasting the Rice for Paella

Jill stirred the rice, gently toasting it until it was ready for the white wine and chicken stock to be added.

Adding Stock to Rice

Adding Stock to Rice

Next the saffron and paprika were added, giving the rice mixture a beautiful golden-orange hue.

Cooking the Paella Rice

Cooking the Paella Rice

Marie José added the sauteed peppers to the simmering rice.

Team Work  - Adding Sauteed Diced Peppers to Rice

Team Work – Adding Sauteed Diced Peppers to Rice

The diced chicken thighs were then sauteed until they were thoroughly cooked.

Cooking Chicken for the Paella

Cooking Chicken for the Paella

Chef Nicole demonstrated the best way to prepare and cook the mussels separately from the other ingredients.

Chef Nicole Cooks the Mussels

Chef Nicole Cooks the Mussels

A little more gentle stirring of the rice is required to absorb the remaining liquid.

Paella is Almost Ready

Paella is Almost Ready

The perfectly cooked mussels are ready.

Steaming the Mussels for the Paella

Steaming the Mussels for the Paella

With the rice and mussels cooked, it was time to plate our creation.

Time to Plate the Paella

Time to Plate the Paella

The finished product, all prepared and cooked in a little over 30 minutes. Let’s eat!

Viv and Jill with Marie José - Let's Eat!

Viv and Jill with Marie José – Let’s Eat!

Our paella cooking class at Ateliers & Saveurs was a steal of a deal at only CDN$20 per person. Not only did we learn how to make this yummy dish, we enjoyed it for lunch. Now that’s our kind of foodie activity!

Bon Appetit!

Viv and Jill
AKA: WJ

Spanish Paella with Mussels, Chicken and Chorizo Recipe – Courtesy of Ateliers & Saveurs:
Serves 4

Ingredients:
– 300 g Basmati Rice

– 1 Red Onion

– 1 Yellow Pepper

– 1 Red Pepper

– 1 Clove Garlic

– 2 Sprigs Thyme

– 1 Pinch Saffron

– 1 Pinch Paprika

– 200 ml White Wine

– 800 ml Chicken Stock

– 100 g Spanish Chorizo

– 4 Boneless Chicken Thighs

– 500 g Fresh Mussels

– 12 Sprigs Chives

• Olive oil
• Salt and pepper

Preparation – 30 minutes:

1. General Preparation

Cut the chorizo into dice. Cut chicken thighs into cubes. Dice the peppers. Chop the red onion. Chop the chives.

2. Paella Preparation

In a large hot pan, drizzle some vegetable oil and fry the onion, peppers and chorizo for a few minutes. Add chopped garlic and rice and cook for 1 minute. Deglaze white wine, then add the paprika, thyme, and saffron. Turn down the intensity of the heat and add chicken broth and simmer about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and lemon juice to taste.

3. Garnish Cooking

In a large hot pan, drizzle some vegetable oil and fry the chicken pieces over high heat for 4-5 minutes. Deglaze with the remaining white wine, add the mussels, place a lid and cook for a few minutes until the mussels are cooked.

4. To Serve

Serve your paella in a beautiful bowl and garnish with chicken pieces, mussels and chives.

 

If You Go:

Ateliers & Saveurs
444 rue Saint Francois-Xavier
Montréal, Québec
Tel: (514) 849-2866

Montreal Tourism

Note: WJ attended Ateliers & Saveurs as guests of Montreal Tourism

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