As anyone who has been on holiday to Spain knows, it is home to one of Europe’s most legendary and storied culinary scenes. The Spanish have a long and proud tradition of gathering around the table to share and rejoice over delicious and satisfying meals. It’s never fancy, either. Their cuisine delights with fresh ingredients from traditional recipes that date back centuries. Just like we do it!
Here are five beloved Spanish favourites to serve at your next Spanish fiesta:
1. Gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp)
Garlic shrimp is a classic Spanish tapa that comes together in just 5 minutes from a handful of ingredients. The traditional way to cook this dish is in a shallow terracotta dish called a cazuela de barro. It is best served with lots of fresh bread to soak up all that mouth-watering shrimp and garlic infused oil.
2. Tortilla Española (egg and potato omelette)
Next on your tapas list is tortilla de patata, one of Spain’s most famous and treasured national dishes. This comfort food is nothing more than egg, potato, and onion cooked in olive oil but wow do they come together in the best possible way. Tortilla can be served at any time of day, either warm or cold.
3. Mountain or Seafood Paella
Paella — a dish made from smokey saffron-flavoured rice — is the essence of Spanish cuisine. Depending on the region, paella will vary from a base of seafood and shellfish to the traditional favourite of rabbit and chicken. It’s nourishing, vibrant, without pretension, and a must for any dinner party.
4. Ibérico spare ribs
Known as costillas in Spanish, these marinated, slow roasted pork ribs are finger-lickin’ good with meat that falls from the bone! This cut of Ibérico pork is flavourful, intensely juicy, succulent, and one of the best meat-to-bone ratios in the rib world.
Sangria is the most recognised cocktail in Spanish cuisine, made best with either red wine or cava (the Champagne of Spain), a splash of brandy, and a bit of sweetener. It only takes a few minutes to prep, it’s easy to personalise with seasonal fruit, and it’s great for entertaining a crowd! Beat the heat any day with this tasty twist on summer punch.
Let us do the cooking and deliver everything you need for an authentic and traditional Spanish culinary feast, including pitchers of sangria. All you’ll have to do is invite the guests, pop on a Spanish guitar playlist, and heat it up!