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Spanish Easter Menu for Brunch

Wednesday April 9, 2014

ensalada mixta - mixed green saladThe menu we assembled for our Spanish Easter Brunch has a variety of breakfast and lunch dishes. Try adding one or two Spanish dishes to your brunch, or divide the cooking between family members. After all, who said YOU need to do all the work?!

Some of our recipe suggestions are Spanish omelet (called tortilla in Spain), creamy prawn soup, fresh asaparagus, Arab-style lamb or Canary Islands-style rabbit (salmorejo rabbit) and fresh mixed green salad.The meal needs a sweet ending, so add an almond custard-filled tort or Basque cake (pastel vasco). Enjoy all this delicious food with a glass of sparkling Spanish cava.

Spanish Arab-Style Lamb Recipe - Cordero Moruno

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Pan de Calatrava - Is it Flan or Bread Pudding?

Wednesday April 9, 2014

Calatrava Bread Pudding - Pan de Calatrava

Pan de Calatrava is flan, baked with biscotti or toasts and covered with caramelized sugar sauce. So, it's really both flan and bread pudding! It's very easy, can be made ahead and stored in the fridge. Is you prefer a flavored dessert, be sure to scroll down the recipe and read the variations of the standard version.

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Orange Flan - Flan de Naranja
Easy Chocolate-Orange Flan - Flan de Chocolate y Naranja

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Coca de Castellon - Castellon or Potato Coca

Thursday April 3, 2014

Castellon Coca Recipe - Coca de CastellonCocas are typical of the eastern regions of Spain, including Valencia and Cataluna. The term coca refers to anything from a flatbread or pizza, to a cake. They can be salty or sweet, like this one. This coca is very simple - Boil potatoes, and mix with sugar, almonds, eggs and lemon peel. Bake and dust with powdered sugar. We recently served this coca at a party, and only crumbs were left.

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Mallorcan Almond Cake Recipe - Gató de Almendras Mallorquin
St. James' Cake Recipe - Tarta de Santiago

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Seafood Saturday? Gambas a la Cortesana

Saturday March 29, 2014

Shrimp a la Cortesana - Gambas a la CortesanaFish Friday gets all the attention! We're hereby proclaiming Seafood Saturday! It's Saturday and you have lots of activities planned. No problem with Shrimp a la Cortesana, a simple shrimp tapa (or main course for a light dinner). Garlic, shrimp, sherry and cilantro make a delicious and easy seafood dish in about 30 minutes.

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-Spanish Garlic Shrimp - Gambas al Ajillo
-Shrimp with Mushrooms, Garlic & Wine - Gambas con Setas, Ajo y Vino Blanco

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Fish Friday - Albondigas de Pescado y Almejas en Salsa Verde

Wednesday March 26, 2014

Albondigas de Pescado y Almejas con Salsa Verde - Fish Balls with Clams and Green Sauce

Because the Spanish consume more seafood than any other European nation, they have a huge variety of flavorful seafood recipes.  The name of this dish is a bit long - Fish Balls with Clams in Green Sauce, and it's relatively easy, although it takes about 1 hour to prepare. White fish is formed into balls and fried. Relax, it's olive oil! Then, the balls are sauteed with small clams in a classic green sauce. Green sauce is one of the standard Spanish sauces, which combines garlic, white wine and parsley. Serve as a main course or as a tapa.

Want more seafood recipes? We have an assortment on the Fish & Seafood Main Course Recipes page.

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Crema de Sant Josep or Crema Catalana

Wednesday March 19, 2014

Crema Catalana - Crema de Sant Josep

There are two names for the traditional dessert Crema Catalana, also called Crema de Sant Josep, (St. Joseph's Cream). It's the dessert prepared on March 19th, St. Joseph's Feast Day, which is also the day Father's Day is celebrated in Spain.

Crema Catalana is the Catalan version of the famous French dessert, crème brulée. The region is known as Catalunya, Catalonia or Catalaluña, and is the northern area of Spain, and borders with France. The Catalan language and culture are found on both sides of the French-Spanish border, so it's not a surprise that the dessert would have a French, Spanish and Catalan name. It is an easy, rich and creamy dessert, with a crunchy sugar crust on top.

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Spanish Meatballs in Sauce - Albondigas Guisadas

Saturday March 15, 2014

Spanish Stewed Meatballs Recipe - Albondigas Guisadas

Meatballs are called albondigas in Spanish. They are typical of Spanish cuisine, no matter the region, and these are made with pork and beef. Prepare a tomato sauce, with garlic, which wine and a splash of brandy. Simmer them in the sauce with onions, carrots and peas.

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Spanish Lamb Meatballs with Mushroom Sauce Recipe - Albondigas con Salsa
Meatballs with Parsley Sauce Recipe - Albondigas con Salsa de Perejil

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Fish Friday - Easy Spanish Fish with Onion Sauce

Friday March 14, 2014

Spanish Fish with Onion Sauce Recipe - Pescado Frito con Salsa de Cebolla

We often prepare dishes we grew up with, like this Sierra family favorite, Spanish Fish with Onion Sauce. It's perfect for Fish Fridays during Lent, too - and can be made in less than 30 minutes. This Pescado Frito con Salsa de Cebolla is lightly fried fish covered in a tangy onion sauce. Coat any solid, white fish (mild flavor) with flour and lightly fry. Add a few chopped onions to the pan and saute, then splash with a touch of vinegar and stir to create a sauce. Pour over the fish and enjoy with white rice or home-fried potatoes.

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Navarra Style Trout Recipe - Trucha a la Navarra
Spanish Baked Fish with Lemon Wine Sauce - Pescado en Salsa de Limon

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Spanish Tapas Recipes for Lent

Saturday March 8, 2014

Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, which is the start of Lent. What's that? Lent (Cuaresma in Spanish) is the forty days leading up to Easter. For Catholics it is a time of prayer, penitence and fasting in preparation for Holy Week. Catholics typically abstain from eating meat on Fridays during this time. That's not a problem for the Spanish, since they consume many pounds of seafood every year. Whether or not you are going meatless on Fridays, check our list of Lenten Tapas, which include Spanish seafood recipes like gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp), calamares a la romana (fried squid rings) and bolas de bacalao (fried cod fish balls), as well as vegetarian tapas like Spanish eggplant spread.

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Chulas de Calabaza is Perfect for The Last Day of Carnival

Tuesday March 4, 2014

Carnival Pancake Recipe - Tortillas Canarias de CarnavalCarnival is the last day of Carnival, and tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. So, here is one last treat- chulas! They are moist pumpkin fritters, fried and dusted with powdered sugar.

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Spanish Carnival Pancake Recipe - Tortillas Canarias de Carnaval
Carnival Ears Recipe - Orejas de Carnaval

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