Winter Paella With Rabbit, Quail, and Duck Confit

"Use a paella pan"
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Ready In:
1hr 40mins




  • Have a large platter nearby to hold all the meat that you will brown.
  • Heat a big skillet over medium heat; swirl in 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • Add in quails and brown on both sides, about 8 minutes in total; transfer to platter.
  • Add choizo to skillet, cook/stir until well browned, about 8 minutes; transfer to platter; cover and set in the refrigerator.
  • Drain all but 2 tablespoons fat from the pan; add in rabbit quarters.
  • Cook, turning once, until browned, about 8 minutes.
  • Pour in the broth, red wine, and saffron; bring to a simmer, scraping up any browned bits in the pan.
  • Cover, decrease heat to low, and simmer slowly until the rabbit is tender and cooked through, about 30 minutes.
  • Remove rabbit to the platter and cool until you can handle it, about 10 minutes.
  • Keep the cooking liquid warm in the skillet over very low heat; you should have about 4 cups broth (add more if necessary).
  • Once the rabbit has cooled, take the meat off the bones, discarding the bones, and cutting the meat into bite-sized pieces.
  • Also take the meat off the duck confit legs, shredding it with a fork; set all the meat aside at room temperature.
  • Position oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 375°.
  • Heat a 14 inch paella pan over medium heat; swirl in the remaining 4 tablespoons oil and add in onion; cook/stir until translucent, about 4 minutes.
  • Add in garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in tomatoes, thyme, smoked paprika, salt, and bay leaf; cook/stir until almost all the liquid has been absorbed, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the rice to the pan and stir over the heat until translucent, about 1 minute.
  • Strain the warmed broth mixture into the pan and bring to a simmer; cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  • Tuck all the meat into the simmer sauce, arranging it around the pan.
  • Place in the oven and bake until almost all the liquid has been absorbed and rice is fairly tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Transfer to a wire rack, cover tightly with foil, and set aside at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.
  • **If you are using standard canned beef broth, enrich it with 2 teaspoons beef or veal demiglace, found in the freezer case of high-end markets.

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