But first, a celebratory bottle of wine out on the patio on one of the very last chances this year that we're going to be able to get outside. A good friend brought a bottle of 2005 Rioja Alta Gran Reserva to our paella party on Sunday, and miracle of miracles, it didn't get swilled. So we opened it. And it was shot. All the fruit was gone and nothing left but a lot of sour acid. Damn!
|2005 Rioja Alta Gran Reserva: Shot|
|Bright Cherry Chianti|
|Results of Foraging|
The plan as it formed in my head was to do a quick casserole with rice on the bottom, seared chicken thighs smeared with refried beans on top of that, and a quick tomato sauce over all. 45 minutes in a low (350F) oven should finish the dish.
|Paella Rice in the Bottom of Roasting Pan|
|Searing Floured Chicken Thighs|
|Chicken Thighs Coated with Refried Beans|