I’m A Celebrity 2020: How To Make Miguel Maestre’s Paella A La Maestre

The celebs have been dreaming about their favourite dishes since they arrived in the jungle and, on Monday night, they were rewarded with the ingredients for a Miguel Maestre special.

Bringing in a paella pan as his luxury item -- as well as smuggling a handful of contraband ingredients for the traditional Spanish rice dish, the celebrity chef was ecstatic to be able to share his recipe with his campmates.

If you’re ever stuck in the jungle and happen to find yourself randomly with all the trappings to make paella, here’s how to make Paella a la Maestre.

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Serves 4

500g Marinara Mix (mussels, fish, calamari, prawns, scallops)

Splash extra Virgin Olive Oil

500ml chicken stock

220g Bomba rice

50g fresh/frozen Peas

1 lemon, cut into wedges, to serve

1/2 bunch chives, garnish

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I’m A Celebrity 2020: How To Make Miguel Maestre’s Paella A La Maestre
Miguel's Paella a la jungla. Photo: Network 10.
For the Sofrito:

2 large ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped

1 capsicum

4 garlic cloves, peeled, crushed

1/2 bunch parsley

1 bunch chives

25ml extra Virgin olive oil

1 tbsp smoked paprika

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To make the sofrito, place all ingredients in a food processor and process until chunky. If you don’t have a food processor then roughly chop the tomatoes and piquillo peppers and finely chop the garlic, parsley and chives and combine with other sofrito ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Heat a 30cm fry-pan or paella pan on high heat, add marinara mix with a splash of extra virgin olive oil and cook for 1 minute. Add sofrito and cook for a further 3 minutes. Add chicken stock and bring to the boil. Stir in rice and bring to a simmer on medium to low heat for 15 minutes until stock has been absorbed.

Add peas and cook for a further 2 minutes to achieve ‘soccarrada’ (crust on the bottom of the pan).

Season to taste with salt and garnish with chives. Squeeze over lemon juice just before serving.

Remember, as Miguel tells his campmates, the trick is to touch every grain of rice because the only ingredient you can’t have in the pantry… is love.

So also remember to wash your hands.

And if you’re thinking that all sounds like too much work and you’d rather have Miguel cook for you -- we’ve at least got the next best thing: Miguel’s official paella kits which he sells that include rice, sofrito and paprika.

Buen provecho!

This recipe originally appeared on 10 Play.

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