Spanish cuisine; the best recipes of Mediterranean dishes

Spanish cuisine; pinch of the Mediterranean on the table

Spanish cuisine, in addition to Italian, Greek and French is one of the healthiest in the world. What is your first association to Spain? Ole! Good time. Happy and friendly people. Music. Flamenco. Bullfight. Sangria. This country each year attracts more and more tourists - millions

This European kingdom is specific even for the way in which it feeds its inhabitants. With the Greek, Italian and French, Spanish food and its specialties are hidden secrets of Mediterranean cuisine.

What are the basic rules of Spanish cuisine?

Traditional Spanish cuisine does not differ much from Mediterranean, basically it's exactly the same. Meals cannot be imagined without grains, fresh fruits and vegetables (especially tomatoes), seafood and olive oil.

It is interesting that many traditional specialties, for centuries have been known as a food for the poor. They are made with ingredients that can be found in every kitchen, and today such Spanish dishes are especially priced.

Two breakfasts are obligatory

Spaniards are known as people who enjoyed two breakfasts. Once they open their eyes, they cheat hunger with a cup of hot coffee and a small croissant or other pastry, a real meal happens at around 11 a.m. It is most often homemade omelet.

Lunch is served late in the afternoon, and depending on the region, on the table you can find fish, vegetable dishes and legumes, and meat. Spanish cuisine is precisely in that characteristic.
Many Spaniards skipped a traditional dinner and instead went out with friends to light snacks in one of the bars or restaurants. Those who still had dinner in the warmth of their home rarely do it before nine, even ten o'clock in the evening.

Tapas - irresistible snacks

No matter how much their main meals seemed abundant, the Spanish do not overeat during the main meals - like some other nations.  They manage during the day to fool hunger and all the time they are full thanks to miniature snacks known as tapas. These are usually healthy olives, pieces of Spanish sheep, cow or goat cheese. Often they use walnuts or almonds, which are at this very useful and healthy.

Spanish cuisine long nurtures this tradition, it is already several centuries old. It is believed that it comes from Andalusia - homeland of sherry. This alcoholic beverage is served in cups that were covered with pieces of cheese so flies would not end up in them. Even today it sure served with a drink, usually a quality red wine.

If you visit this beautiful Mediterranean country, during the summer, be sure to try tapas. This Spanish snack is especially good between lunch and dinner. It will keep you full all afternoon.

Sangria - sweet taste of passion

If you visit one of the restaurants in which people dance flamenco, most likely will be served sangria. This traditional Spanish drink is also the most famous. It actually means the wine with the addition of a little sugar, and large pieces of different fruits.

Traditional Spanish cuisine is known just by this drink. Also recommended to us except sangria and fruit juices, is also distinctive sherry.

Curos - fresh Mediterranean magic

When you want something sweet, Spaniards resort to dark chocolate (it must have at least 70 percent cocoa!). From the plant they make a sweet sauce - Curos.

Spanish cuisine is simply inconceivable without them. In some parts of the country they eat it for breakfast, the other parts they are an unavoidable afternoon snack or dessert.

How to make Curos with chocolate?

You need:
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup butter,
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Himalayan salt,
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 3 eggs,
  • olive oil.

Preparing the recipe:

Combine water, butter and Himalayan salt. Apply heat to boiling point, then add the flour and cook over low heat until the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and add one by one egg, while mixing the mixture. Make strips and fry them in olive oil.

Serve hot with hot chocolate, for which you need as follows:
  • On low heat add 100g of dark chocolate, 2 cups milk, 4 tablespoons of brown sugar, a tablespoon of cornstarch and a teaspoon of cinnamon.

Besides Curos, people across Spain enjoy the flan, which treat that is prepared with eggs, milk and sugar. It is usually served to guests during a friendly gatherings. Coffee, dark chocolate, and fresh or dried fruit can also be added depending on the desired taste.

Do you know what is Spanish tortilla?

No, I do not mean the thin Mexican bread! The real tortilla is in fact a traditional Spanish dish. Centuries-old legend says that there was a poor housewife from Navarre that prepared it to a nobleman who had knocked on the door. She quickly whipped up all she had in the house - eggs, potatoes and garlic, making also the first Spanish omelet.

Tortilla is, therefore, an omelet with potatoes, and if you are wondering whether this combination is healthy, it certainly is. This breakfast is an inexhaustible treasure trove of protein, fiber, potassium, iron, zinc, vitamin C, D and those B-complex.

Spanish cuisine also recommends spicy garlic sauce. However, if it does not suit you, you can eat it without any additives.

How is tortilla made?

  • 3 more potatoes,
  • 1 onion,
  • 5 eggs,
  • olive oil ,
  • Himalayan salt.

Preparing tortillas:

Peel and finely chop the potatoes and onion. Add salt to taste and sauté in olive oil for about 25 minutes over low heat until all is tender. Meanwhile, beat the eggs in a separate bowl, and then pour them with potatoes and onions in the pan. Wait five minutes, then turn the tortilla. Wait five minutes until the other side is ready to eat.

Do not dispose of old bread, make gazpacho!

Every year more than two million Spaniards and tourists from all over the world throw tomatoes on the streets of Bunol. All this takes place within the traditional festival "Tomatina". Spanish cuisine is considered impossible without tomato.

One of the traditional Spanish food is cold soup of tomatoes. It is an unmistakable refreshment on hot summer days, and it is made with the addition of stale bread with vegetables and of course - olive oil. This specialty is known as gazpacho, usually served as an appetizer, and in addition to being delicious, it is very healthy.

The tomato is rich in lycopene, the pigment that acts as a potent antioxidant. It protects the heart and blood vessels and helps against carcinoma.

The recipe for gazpacho

You need:
  • 500 g of ripe tomatoes,
  • 1 small onion,
  • 2 small greens
  • peppers,
  • a small cucumber,
  • 2 tablespoons of vinegar,
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • stale bread cut into cubes
  • a bit of crushed garlic,
  • 7.5 dl of water.

Preparation of gazpacho:

Soak the bread in water. Meanwhile, in a blender insert tomatoes, vegetables, fat, oil and vinegar and mix until the mixture is smooth. Add the garlic and then the bread. Mix well, and depending on the desired density, add water. Serve cold soup with cubes of stale bread at the top.

Spanish cuisine and Valencian paella

This dish is a real explosion of taste. Is composed of several types of meat - usually chicken and rabbit with rice, beans and other vegetables. Spanish cuisine is simply inconceivable without paella.

This Spanish seafood is prepared in a huge pan of iron or steel, like Talandara, deep up to six inches. Has its roots in Andalusia, and it is known that in the beginning it was considered food for the poor.

Traditional Spanish paella cannot be imagined without saffron, which every housewife has in their kitchen. This spice improves appetite and blood count, is effective against arrhythmia, kidney ailments and problems with digestion. Also used is rosemary, cinnamon, nutmeg and sesame.

Valencian paella recipe

Necessary ingredients:
  • 500 g of rice,
  • 800 g of chopped chicken meat,
  • 600g of chopped rabbit meat,
  • 250 g of green beans,
  • 200 g of beans,
  • 100 g of chopped fresh tomato meat
  • 250 g of green beans,
  • 200 g of beans,
  • 100 g of chopped fresh tomato,
  • 150 ml of olive oil,
  • 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
  • liter of water,
  • little Himalayan salt,
  • saffron and rosemary to taste.

Preparing the recipe:

Pour the olive oil in Talandara, and when heated, place the meat so that larger pieces are in the middle, and one on the side. When the meat is well browned, remove it from the center and add the beans. Fry for a few minutes with constant stirring, and then in the center place the tomatoes and remove it from the side when you drop all the liquid.

Then mix all the ingredients, arrange them by Talandara and cover with water, and then add the paprika, saffron, rosemary and salt to taste. Once the water boils, leave everything to simmer for 40 minutes over low heat, then add the rice. Let it all simmer for five minutes on high heat, five minutes on medium heat, and eight to ten minutes on low heat. Enjoy!

Other tips and recommendations

In a similar way as paella, but in an ordinary frying pan or saucepan, puchero is made, known as the "Spanish pot". The main ingredient of the dishes are chickpeas, with the addition of various vegetables and meat.

Spanish cuisine is very diverse, healthy and tasty, and certainly you will like it. Prepare any of the offered recipes and cheer your household with a pinch of the Mediterranean on your table.

We recommend our previous article about best French specialties.