Christmas is the time of coming together with loved ones around a table enjoying all those typical dishes. According to the geographical area, menus vary depending on the gastronomic traditions. In Catalonia, Galetes soup, in Madrid sea bream or almond soup in many areas of Castile and León. True reflections of this are the menus of restaurants and bars. We may find these differences less apparent in what they offer according to the traditions and customs.

Rice also has its place in the menus of many restaurants in Spain, especially in the province of Castellón where one of the typical Christmas meals is the Paella with “balls” or Paella amb pilotes. These popular “balls” are made mainly with minced pork, breadcrumbs, parsley, cinnamon, cloves, egg and sometimes pine nuts. As with all recipes, the ingredients can vary depending on location or even on the families preparing it.


We propose giving a Christmassy touch to the Valencian paella and include a dish that will differentiate you from your competition. It is very simple and a way to surprise your diners with a dish that will amaze more than one of them.

What’s more, it will hardly involve any extra work in your kitchens. To prepare it just mix all the ingredients of the “balls” into a bowl. Mix it well by, making small balls between 2 and 3 centimetres in diameter. We leave it in the hands of your chef whether or not to fry them before adding them to the paella, this will vary according to individual preferences.  But until then, fried or not, they are reserved.

Then we put our Valencian paella in a frying pan or paella dish and add water according to the label. Now we throw in the meatballs, which will be cooked along with the rest of ingredients, for 8 minutes.

A different and original way of including this delicious rice as a Christmas offering in your restaurant , discovering new recipes that are perfect for this time of year, based on traditions that, thanks to the innovation in the pre-cooked range of products, allow you to save time and money.

A simple and delicious dish that adds a certain surprise to your Christmas menus.

If you want to include it in your chef’s recommendations for this time of year, you can contact us here and we will be glad to talk it through.

Merry Christmas!