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Eat Me: Try the Paella Risotto Rochelle Aytes Loves at Cantine Parisienne

Rochelle Aytes

Aug. 22 2013, Published 9:03 p.m. ET

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Mistresses' Rochelle Aytes recently dined at NYC hot spot Cantine Parisienne and we got the chef's secret recipe to make the Risotto Paella she loved so much!

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Ingredients:

-­‐ Arborio Rice (2 cups)

-­‐ Chicken Stock (6 cups)

-­‐ Saffron (1 tbs)

-­‐ Red Pepper (1/2, diced)

-­‐ Green Pepper (1/2, diced)

-­‐ Small Onion (1 diced)

-­‐ Cooked Chicken (1/3 lb, diced)

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-­‐ Mussels (1/2 lb)

-­‐ Shrimp (1/4 lb)

-­‐ Chorizo (1/2 cup, diced)

-­‐ Salt & Pepper

-­‐ Cayenne Pepper (1 tsp)

-­‐ Olive oil (1/4 cup)

-­‐ Parmesan Rime

Preparation:

  1. Sweat the onion in a large pot with olive oil, saffron, chorizo.
  2. Add rice and cook 18 minutes. While adding chicken stock (1⁄2 cup at a time) add salt, pepper, and cayenne.
  3. After 18 minutes, add peppers, mussels, shrimp, cooked chicken, and cook with lid on for 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Finish with olive oil that has been infused with the parmesan rime for a few hours.
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    We also sat down with Executive Chef Marcel Agnez to pick his brain on Cantine Parisienne's foodie philosophy...

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    OK!: What's your secret to making traditional french fare healthier at Cantine Parisienne?

    Marcel Agnez: I use less butter, more olive oil, and lots of house-made stocks and fresh herbs for flavor.

    OK!: If you could only cook one dish the rest of your life, what would it be?

    MA: The perfect, crispy roast chicken.

    OK!: What's your favorite ingredient?

    MA: Tarragon!

    OK!: How is Cantine Parisienne different from your past restaurants?

    MA: I come from a fine dining background and I love the ability to use great French techniques in a more casual environment.

    OK!: Describe Cantine Parisienne in one word:

    MA: Ease.

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    Are you going to make this Risotto Paella? Have you been watching Mistresses? Leave a comment below or tweet us @OKMagazine and don't forget to stop by Cantine Parisienne the next time you're in NYC!

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