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Spanish Recipes


Spanish cooking reflects the country's status as a Mediterranean country, however it also draws influences from other sources; chief among these is Spain's Jewish and Moorish heritage (much of Spain was occupied and ruled over by the Moors for hundreds of years). Additionally, beginning in the 16th century, Spain conquered a large overseas empire, especially in New World, and as a result, many foods that are not Spanish staples have origins in the Americas: tomatoes, potatoes, beans and peppers.

Spain produces nearly half of the world's supply of olives, and as a result, olive oil plays an important part in Spanish cuisine. Even so, in the North of Spain, lard and butter are used when cooking. Other typically Spanish ingredients include garlic and onions, both of which are used extensively.

Here are some popular Spanish dishes:
    Paella
  • Paella - Paella is a saffron-flavored rice dish that originally came from Valencia. As well as rice, the dish also includes olive oil, and is garnished with meat, seafood and vegetables.

  • Jamón serrano - Dry-cured ham.

  • Chorizo - This is spicy sausage made from fatty pork. Chorizo is made in two varieties: hot ("picante"), which is seasoned with chili and paprika, and sweet ("dulce"). Generally speaking, most chorizo can be eaten cold, although it is sometimes used as an ingredient in other cooked dishes, but be aware that there are also some types chorizo which require cooking before consumption.

  • Gazpacho - Gazpacho is a classic Spanish soup, served cold, and made from vegetables. Traditionally gazpacho soup was made using stale bread with garlic, olive oil, salt and vinegar, but nowadays other vegetables, particularly tomatoes and bell pepper, are often added.

  • Gazpacho manchego - this is a variant of Gazpacho that is more of a stew than a soup, and which is served warm. Gazpacho manchego also includes additional ingredients: meat (usually rabbit) and mushrooms.

  • Marmitako - This dish is a fish stew. As well as fish, it includes onions, potatoes, tomatoes and pimentos.

  • Fabada Asturiana - This is a stew made from beans, flavored with saffron and other seasonings. As well as beans, the dish also includes chorizo, black blood sausage ("morcilla") and pork.

  • Olla Podrida - Another stew dish. Olla Podrida is made using bacon, ham, meats, and poultry or game, as well as vegetables.

  • Pescaíto Frito - Fish, cooked in marinated batter.

    Pescaíto Frito

  • Calamares - Squid fried in batter.

  • Tortilla de patatas - A Spanish omelette: made using eggs, potatoes and onions.
As well as the dishes themselves, there is also a Spanish style for how food is consumed. One aspect of this is tapas, in which many small appetizers are served with dranks. Another is the serving of bread and wine with most meals.

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The Cooking of Spain and Portugal, plus accompanying Recipes: The Cooking of Spain and Portugal (Time-Life Foods of the World)

By Peter S. Feibleman

Time-Life Books
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Boxed Gift Set: Hardcover "The Cooking of Spain" plus accompanying spiral-bound 112 page Recipes Booklet. Both together in sturdy cardboard gift box Paella cover picture. "Each volume of Foods of the World is really two gifts in one. Accompanying each volume is a separate spiral-bound Recipe Booklet that contains all of the book's recipes plus more. It is designed to be a working companion piece in the kitchen." "Foods of the World has a particularly distinguished goup of authors and consultants among whom are James Beard, Julia Child, Craig Clairborne, Alec Waugh, Joseph Wechsberg. They flavor each page with their own special brands of wit, style and cooking expertise. Michael Field served as consulting editor for the entire series".

Spanish Made Simple: Foolproof Spanish Recipes for Every Day

By Omar Allibhoy

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Spanish food has never been more popular or more influential, from the city of San Sebastian in northern Spain which counts a massive 16 Michelin stars to the markets of Madrid and ubiquitous tapas bars. It's also incredibly easy to make at home. In Spanish Made Simple, Omar Allibhoy, the man behind the Tapas Revolution chain of restaurants in the UK, guides you through the basics of 100 key Spanish dishes. All of the ingredients are available from grocery stores and you don't need to be an expert cook.

Spanish cooking is characterized by deep flavors, vibrant color, and minimal ingredients - so you will learn to make a paella that packs a punch, cook up a tapas feast for friends, and even whip up a delectable Spanish dessert in minutes.

Sunny and delicious, informal and everyday, Spanish food is for everyone, from skilled chefs to complete beginners, and Omar shows you how.

Recipes: The Cooking of Spain and Portugal

Time Life Books
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500 Tapas: The Only Tapas Compendium You'll Ever Need (500 Series Cookbooks) (500 Cooking (Sellers))

By Christine Watson

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500 Tapas: The Only Tapas Compendium You ll Ever Need (500 Series Cookbooks) (500 Cooking (Sellers))
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Bring the delectable Spanish tradition of tapas to your kitchen with 500 Tapas. Tapas are a staple of the classic Spanish bar experience, but today have gained worldwide popularity as a wonderful way to share a delicious meal. Tapas can be served as a starter, snack, side dish, or as a complete and exotic meal, and this collection of recipes offers tapas for all tastes and occasions.

La Paella: Deliciously Authentic Rice Dishes from Spain's Mediterranean Coast

By Jeff Koehler

Chronicle Books
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The most famous dish of the hottest cuisine in town right now, paella is as flavorful as it is festive. Longtime Barcelona resident and Spanish food expert Jeff Koehler fills us in on this cherished rice dish, from its origins to just what it takes to make the perfect one (even without an authentic paella pan). Thirty recipes range from the original paella valenciana, studded with chicken and rabbit, to his mother-in-law's Saturday shellfish special, to sumptuous vegetarian variations, to surprising soups and sweet takes. Stunning scenic photographs, shots of the finished dishes, plus a source list of unusual ingredients and special equipment round out this gorgeous homage to one of Spain's national culinary treasures.


 
 
 

 
 
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