Ham croquettes are a small, lightly breaded and fried sort of fritter. They are a sure hit as an appetizer or an afternoon snack.
Traditional Spanish cuisine makes use of fresh or dried figs in many types of recipes. Fresh figs are very sweet and practically melt in your mouth. This fig recipe is easy and takes about 10 minutes start to finish. Transform figs into a rich dessert by sautéing them in a bit of butter and drizzling with a touch of honey.
Tuna and mayonnaise combine to make an easy filling for canned peach halves. They are unusual flavors to pair, but definitely work. Make these peach halves as a quick, last-minute tapa, or first course. Beginner cooks will enjoy this recipe because preparation takes only 5 minutes.
This easy tapa recipe can be made with a wide variety of toppings. Spread small pieces of toasted baguette with the pate of your choice, then top with cocktail onions, smoked salmon, green or black olives or a slice of pickled pepper. This tapa is so easy it requires no cooking and takes about 15 minutes to prepare start to finish!
Santiago (St. James) is the patron saint of Spain and this delicious almond cake is named in his honor. The origin of St. James cake is not certain, but it may have been brought to Galicia by a pilgrim. Today, this cake is sold all over Santiago de Compostela and is popular with tourists and pilgrims.
Peaches in Wine is a fresh-tasting dessert that is a fabulous finish to a summer dinner. Peaches provide the “taste of summer” while the wine and cinnamon give this dessert its zing. This is a great make-ahead dessert.
This Spanish chicken dish is as easy as it is attractive, with bright red sun-dried tomatoes and green basil. Garlic and sun-dried tomatoes are sautéed together and mixed with chicken breasts, then sprinkled with fresh basil.
Salmon and caramelized onions are rolled inside puff pastry and baked until golden. Then creamy roasted pepper sauce is drizzled over the top.
Like other Mediterranean countries, iced drinks called "granizados" are very popular in Spain during the hot summers. This "granizado" is made with both lemon and orange peel and juices, making it a very cool and refreshing drink in the afternoon, or simple and elegant summer dessert.
Summers are hot in Spain! It's a good thing the Spanish know how to handle the heat with refreshing drinks. It's a great time to throw a Spanish "fiesta," especially because the drinks are easy and economical. Serve these Spanish drinks and everyone will ask you when you're going to throw another.