Spanish food culture is based on seafood and rice dishes, although there are many other choices on offer. Spanish food is divided into 3 main regions; the Mediterranean, Inner and Atlantic, and each area have its’ own unique dishes.
A popular food in Atlantic Spain includes ham as well as vegetable and fish stews. Cod and anchovies are particularly popular. Spanish food in inner Spain includes hearty stews and soups. The people conserve foods like ham and cheese by salting or storing in olive oil. Mediterranean Spain is famous for paella and seafood.
The Spanish eat multiple meals during the day. Breakfast is usually light, just strong coffee and jam or cheese on toast. Before lunch, tapas are eaten. They are small finger foods and chorizo is a popular ingredient. Lunch is usually the biggest meal of the day and soups and stews are popular. Bread is always included as a staple for lunch. Before dinner, snacks like cured meat and sausages are eaten. Dinner often includes seafood, lamb, chicken, potatoes, and rice, but the portions are usually smaller than what is served for lunch.
Here we will be giving you a few recipes of popular food in Spain and we hope you enjoy them.
Castilican Garlic Soup
This is a very popular dish in inner Spain. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 6 peeled and sliced garlic cloves, 2 tablespoons white wine, 1/2 tablespoon Spanish sweet paprika, 1-quart chicken stock, 3 ounces bread with crusts removed, 2 beaten eggs, 1 tablespoon chopped parsley. Salt to taste
Put a saucepan on medium heat and warm up the olive oil. Add the garlic and sauté for a minute until it is soft. Add the wine and cook for 30 seconds. Put in the sweet paprika and cook for another minute.
Pour in the chicken stock together with the bread and bring to the boil. Then simmer for around 8 minutes.
Fold the eggs into the soup and simmer for 2 minutes. The eggs will form long strands like noodles. Add the salt and parsley and enjoy.
This is a delicious dish from Atlantic Spain. You can throw in some shrimp at the end of the cooking time to make it even better.
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon butter, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh garlic, 1/4 cup finely chopped onion, 15 halved cherry tomatoes, 1 cup tomato sauce, 1/4 cup drained and chopped marinated vegetables, 1/2 cup chopped green olives, 6 pieces 4-ounce cod fillets.
Sprinkle of paprika. Sprinkle cayenne pepper. Sprinkle black pepper.
Heat the olive oil and butter together in a skillet over moderate heat. Put in the garlic and onions and cook until tender.
Add the cherry tomatoes and the tomato sauce and simmer.
Put in the marinated vegetables and olives with the paprika, cayenne pepper, and black pepper.
Add the cod fillets and cook for around 6 minutes until the cod is easily flaked with a fork. Serve with a dish of fried potatoes.
Paella – Traditional Spanish Food
We couldn’t leave paella out as it’s one of the most popular Spanish food.
Ingredients: 5 4-ounce mild sausage links cut into pieces, 5 4-ounce spicy sausage links cut into pieces, 15 raw chicken strips, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1 stalk finely chopped celery, 1 seeded and sliced green bell pepper, 1 chopped onion, 2 cups uncooked long grain rice, 3/4 teaspoon saffron, 1 teaspoon oregano, 2 teaspoons salt, 2 bay leaves, 1 14.5 ounce cans peeled and diced tomatoes with the juice put to one side, 3 and 1/2 cups chicken broth, 2 pounds peeled and deveined large shrimp.
Put your wok on a moderately high heat and fry both of the sausages until they have browned. Remove the sausages and fry the chicken until it too has browned. Remove the chicken and sauté the garlic, celery, green bell pepper, and onions until they are tender. This should take about 5 minutes.
Mix in the uncooked rice and then add the saffron, oregano, salt, bay leaves, and tomatoes. Cook for minutes and then pour in the chicken broth and tomato juice. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Add the sausage and chicken to the mixture and simmer for another 15 minutes. Then put in the shrimp and cook for around 10 minutes. The paella is then ready to serve.
We hope you have enjoyed this popular Spanish food. As can be seen, Spanish food is varied and delicious. Why not try a thick and hearty soup or a rice dish? Neither will disappoint you.