Add a little exotic flavor to your table with these delicious dishes from sun-drenched Spain.
September 29, 2010
1 of 8Photo: Nina Choi
Spanish Pork with Apple-Citrus Salsa
Spanish Pork with Apple-Citrus Salsa Recipe Pimenton is a Spanish paprika made from peppers that have been slowly smoked and dried over oak fires. If pimenton is not available, use Spanish smoked paprika. Garnish this smoky pork with lime wedges and cilantro leaves, if desired.
2 of 8Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke
Chicken and Shrimp Paella
Chicken and Shrimp Paella
Recipe Paella originated in Valencia, but enjoys great popularity throughout the Americas. It is made from rice, saffron, and olive oil, then topped with beef, poultry, or seafood. Some Valencians even host contests to cook enormous paellas! (Currently, the largest ever was nearly 66 feet across).
3 of 8Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Kate Parisian
4 of 8Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Yellow Tomato Gazpacho
Yellow Tomato Gazpacho Recipe Gazpacho, a refreshing, chilled summer soup, has its origins in the Andalucia region of Spain. The Yellow Tomato Gazpacho featured here is less spicy than some versions, and lends impressive color to any summer table.
5 of 8Karry Hosford
Compota de Frutas (Winter Fruit Compote)
Compota de Frutas (Winter Fruit Compote) Recipe Some Spanish desserts center around fruit, like this dish typical of the Basque region of Spain. Featuring figs, prunes, dried apricots, raisins, apple, and pear, this compote is a cozy, not-too-sweet way to end any wintertime meal.
6 of 8Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Tortilla Española (Spanish Potato Omelet)
Tortilla Española (Spanish Potato Omelet) Recipe Other than its name, this popular dish bears little resemblance to either the American flatbread tortilla or the common egg omelet! The Tortilla Española is prepared by frying onions and potatoes in oil, then pouring beaten eggs over the mixture and refrying the entire omelet.
7 of 8Photo: Jan Smith
Baked Rice (Arroz al Horno)
Baked Rice (Arroz al Horno) Recipe Serve this simple rice dish, commonly found in Valencia, alongside any Spanish entré for authentic, filling flavor. To save time and money, substitute presliced mushrooms for the shiitake caps. Add cooked meat, such as roasted chicken breast, pork, or shrimp, to create a hearty main dish.
8 of 8Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Sopa de Ajo Castellana (Castilian Garlic Soup)
Sopa de Ajo Castellana (Castilian Garlic Soup) Recipe This traditional dish, common in the Castile and Leon regions, originated as a peasant's soup that consisted of simply garlic, bread, and water. Our version increases the flavor by adding serrano ham, spices, poached eggs, and broth.