Mini Paella! Summer Seafood Appetizer

Look at this tiny, beautiful pan of paella! We had this at a lovely tapas restaurant in Seattle last week, and we were so inspired by the presentation. See, paella is one of our favorite dishes, but it is rather work-intensive, and expensive too when you're making it for a big group of people.

So we'd love to lift this idea straight from tapas and into our next dinner party. We'd make a modestly sized pan of paella and then serve it in little dishes to our guests as a first course or an hors d'ouevre. Looks beautiful, and delicious too, right?

Plus, it's one more way to put all those mini pans to good use.

Do you have a good recipe for paella? We have a couple friends we consult when we want to make this classic dish, but we also like to refer to this article from Fine Cooking:

Paella How-To
• This recipe also looks promising: Seafood Paella at Mattikaarts

PS - The Basque tapas place where we had this great little dish was called Txori Bar, in Belltown.

Related: Dispatch from Spain: Paella

(Image: Faith Durand)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.