What is Fideuà?

by Fran@frantasticfood.com on August 9, 2010

Have you ever asked yourself this question; What is Fideuà?  (Fee-Day-Wah)

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Right, I didn’t think so.  Well, unless you’ve been watching the new Cooking Channel, you may never have heard of this sibling of Paella.  By the way, I’ve fallen in love with the programming on the Cooking Channel.  At first I was a skeptic — but not for long.  It took about a week for me to become a convert.

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I’m sorry Food Network, but I’ve left you for your brother.  You’ve become boring, predictable.   The Cooking Channel has a mix of old and new and seeing originals of my first favorite TV Chefs –  Julia Child and the Galloping Gourmet makes me smile.  While the channel doesn’t have the same production values as you have, I’m willing to forgive.  I’m sure you don’t mind because you’re all part of the same family, but it has been a long relationship and we’ve been together across the world.  It will be a trying separation, but I’ll stop by from time to time — like August 15th when you launch The Great Food Truck Race.

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The other day I tuned into the Cooking Channel and Foodography was on with the noodle episode.  There was a spotlight on a dish called Fideuà.

I got hungry while watching and decided I had to make Fideuà.  I’d been having a craving for Paella for a few weeks and was hatching plan for a paella for one when I saw this regional version called Fideuà made with noodles rather than rice.  I was smitten and while I knew it wouldn’t have quite the same texture as a traditional Paella, I was game to give it a try.  I thought I’d like to make this for dinner when my friends come over, but I never experiment on company so this was my first crack at it.

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I’m so glad I did!  The flavors of the ocean combined with the earthy taste of saffron-infused broth and the texture of the noodles hit the spot.  It took me a while to find a few recipes online, but I eventually came up with a variety by searching Spanish Noodle Paella.  In true FRANtasticfood style, I didn’t follow a recipe at all.   I’d already been to the market by the time I sat down to look up recipes.  I took the inspiration from the Foodography piece and “toasted” small pieces of spaghetti.  The rest was all me.  I’m sorry I don’t have a recipe, but I’ll be making Fideuà again and next time I’ll have my notebook and a pen in the kitchen and will give you the low-down on this flavorful and satisfying dish.

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Fideuà is much like a seafood stew with chicken and sausage, but it’s not “sloshy,” for lack of a better term.

I know what changes I’ll make — no corn.  I love the olives in the dish, but I suspect many around the table will pluck them out.  I’ll break the pasta into smaller pieces or perhaps make it with orzo.  It was a bit tough to eat without making a mess.  I’ll be sure to get or make fish stock to give it a bigger ocean flavor and I think I’ll leave the chicken out altogether.  It did nothing for the dish.   I’m going to be sure to remember to put artichokes on the list for next time as well.  I had English peas in the fridge and while they were great in the dish, the flavor and texture of grilled artichokes was missing.  I’ll add the seafood just a few minutes before taking the pan off the stove and I think I’ll try it on the grill next time to make it more authentic.

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Do you ever get sucked into a dish to the point of distraction when you’re watching TV?  What do you do?  Do you check your fridge and pantry to see if you have all of the ingredients or do you head out to the market to get what you need for that dish?  Or do you just think — Oh man I wish I hada that right now?

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