Spain is a nation that is rich in geography, culture and tradition. Made up of 17 regions that are autonomous, the country has mountains, beaches, UNESCO World Heritage sites and many sights to see. Have you ever wanted to go to Spain, but never got the chance? Or have you been and cannot stop thinking about it? No matter what the reason, check out these recipes to make authentic Spanish food right from home.
Recipe 1: Easy Paella
Paella is the most popular dish in Spain. This authentic recipe uses rice, saffron, vegetables, chicken, shrimp, mussels and calamari rings. Use a paella pan or a skillet to make things easier. Serve it up in wide-rimmed bowls with a ladle, and dig in! If you are not a huge seafood fan, this recipe also works with turkey, rabbit and chorizo or as a vegetarian dish.
Recipe 2: Easy Traditional Red Sangria
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Recipe 3: Best Easy Chicken Croquettes
These tapas are a favorite for a reason. Similar in taste to the chicken nuggets and patties you loved as a kid, these are like those, elevated. Coated in savory bread crumbs and soup and filled with minced chicken, these bite-sized morsels are ideal for washing down with some sangria (see the previous recipe).
Recipe 4: Spicy Chorizo Pasta
Pasta with chorizo is similar to Spaniards’ take on the American staple of mac and cheese. Fry chorizo, add onions and peppers and top with cheese before baking. Best when served warm, this is comfort food at its finest. Shelf-stable chorizo, near the pepperoni at the grocery store, works well.
Recipe 5: Spanish Tortilla
The classic Spanish tortilla, or omelet, calls for simple ingredients: onions, olive oil and Yukon Gold Potatoes are mixed with eggs and salt for a tasty yet satisfying brunch dish. Add ham or peppers to jazz things up if the simplicity is too basic for you.
Recipe 6: Easy Homemade Churros
These thin fried strips of dough are the European answer to fried dough. Coat them while piping hot in cinnamon and sugar and make the dark chocolate dipping sauce to toss them in to your heart’s content. Vanilla custard and raspberry jam also make viable sauces as well. Serve in paper cones at your next Happy Hour. These could also work on a platter alongside traditional Spanish cookies (check the International aisle) and refrescos.
Say ole to these Spanish recipes and rejuvenate your sense of wanderlust so you can travel to Spain soon. Once you taste what these authentic food dishes have to offer, you will want to, for sure. The sangria works well for your next dinner with friends, the churros are a hit with those young and old and the rest could be the makings of a 3-course meal. Invite your loved ones over for a taste of the world.
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