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Paella gets so much attention that it eclipses Spain’s other, equally worthy, rice dishes—like this one-pot arroz al horno, or baked rice with chickpeas. The dish is primo Valencian comfort food, and I love its Moorish undertones (saffron! cinnamon! dried fruit!)—a reminder that Arabs brought rice to the Iberian Peninsula in the 7th century. Happily, the paella police are indifferent about arroz al horno, so feel free to play around: Don’t like raisins? Nix them (or sub prunes or apricots). In your plant-based era? Simply skip the chorizo and up the chickpea quotient.
- ¼ cup plus 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 2½ lb. Spanish-style chorizo, sliced ¾-in. thick
- 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 2 medium yellow onions, finely chopped
- 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped (1 cup)
- 1 Tbsp. red pepper paste, such as choricero, ñora, or ají panca, or 1 tsp. sweet (unsmoked) paprika
- 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
- ¼ cup dry sherry
- 3¼ cup chicken or vegetable stock, or water
- Pinch cinnamon
- Large pinch saffron threads
- One 15-oz. can chickpeas, drained (1½ cups)
- ½ cup raisins
- Kosher salt
- 1½ cups short- or medium-grain rice, such as carnaroli, arborio, or Goya medium-grain (see footnote)
- Finely chopped chives, for garnish
Note: If using Spanish bomba or Calasparra rice (which absorb more liquid), increase the stock to 4½ cups and the cooking time by roughly 10 minutes.