Paella, National dish of Spain, is perfect for a summer picnic or potluck.

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AUSTIN, Texas — Paella is a highlight of any summer party, in Spain or elsewhere, but it can be intimidating to cook a wide pot of rice until the bottom crisps up.

This creamy rice dish from Spanish celebrity chef Omar Allibhoy is similar to paella, but you stir it while it cooks to create a more risotto-like dish that’s perfect for a summer picnic or potluck. Allibhoy uses fresh artichokes, but if you don’t live in a place like Spain where baby artichokes are readily available, you would be better off using canned artichoke hearts. Squid isn’t your style? Skip it and use a few more shrimp.

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