Very helpful -- thanks to you both.
Okay - why? I don't mind work in the galley but I don't want to struggle with my food during a meal. Can I clean and peel the shrimp and put the shells and heads in a cheesecloth bag to get the flavors in the dish?
learn to love the food you are eating...spaniards take their time to enjoy their paella so why make it a dine and dash meal?
the reason simply is that leaving the shrimp hole keeps all the juices from being expelled...the juice that does come out of the head RICHENS THE STOCK so by taking all that away and simply puuting steamed shrimp on top so they dont overcook is like doing chicken stock with the feathers
if you are adamant about not complicating yourself while eating a paella there are many to chose from
Ill post a calamar paellas, fish paellas, and SENORITO (YES THAT MEANS PETIT DELICATE MAN) paella that allows you to eat all in one fork bite
there is also paella NEGRE with alioli which is a classic calamar in ink paella
just give me a chance so I can post these recipes up
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