And you thought all they ate in Valencia was paella! Sometimes, Valencianos eat their paella with noodles. A delicious and typical Valencian dish – and one you can prepare when you just don’t have time to make paella:
- 450 g/1 lb. firm white-fleshed fish fillets, skin removed
- 450 g/1 lb. fideos, capelli d’angelo or vermicelli noodles
- 1-1/2 teaspoons paprika, pinch of saffron threads
- 450 g/1 lb. medium uncooked prawns
- 125 ml/4 fl oz olive oil
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 350 ml/12 fl oz basic fish stock
- 24 small mussels, cleaned
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 large ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Cut the fish into 4 cm/1-1/2 inch pieces. Peel the prawns and remove the veins, leaving 6 unpeeled. Clean the mussels. Crumble the noodles into a large saucepan of lightly salted boiling water, stir well and return to the boil for 3 minutes.
- Drain and rinse under cold water. Set aside in a colander. Heat the oil in a paella pan, large frying pan or wok. Add all the prawns and cook for about 5 minutes until pink, stirring often. Remove with a slotted spoon.
- Add the fish and cook briefly, turning once. Gently stir in the garlic and cook for several seconds. Add the paprika, cayenne pepper, tomatoes, saffron and fish stock and bring to the boil over medium heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir well, and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add the mussels and simmer for 4-5 minutes, until they open, stirring often; discard those that do not open. Stir in the peeled prawns and noodles and heat through.
- Smooth the surface of the Fideuà with a knife or spoon, then place under a hot grill until a light brown crust forms. Arrange the unpeeled prawns on top…. and serve.