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Top Gifts for the Spanish Food Enthusiast

Fabulous Gift Ideas for Spanish Foodies Who Love to Say ¡Ole!

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If you know someone who likes Spanish food and enjoys cooking, why not buy them a special kitchen gift? We've put together the following list of items, from kitchen equipment to spices that we think are "must haves" for any cook preparing Spanish food. From paella pans to churro makers and wine openers, there is something for everyone, and every budget.

1. Authentic Spanish Steel Paella Pan for Paella Lovers

Steel Paella Pan
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Any Spanish food enthusiast will appreciate a steel paella pan for preparing paellas. Although you'll find enamel and aluminum versions, the original steel pans with dimples are the best to conduct heat and are the most durable. Buy a good one and they might outlast you! They come in a huge range of sizes. Many vendors state on their web site or labels how many servings of paella they make. For example, a 17 or 18-inch paella pan serves approximately 8-10 people. That size also fits just right over a kettle barbecue grill. Include the How to Make the Perfect Paella.
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2. Churro Maker - Churrera (Cookie Press)

Cookie Press - Churro Maker
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Churros, long Spanish fritters are a favorite in Spain, usually eaten with thick Spanish hot chocolate. They are easy to prepare with a large "churrera" - an old fashioned manual cookie press. Follow the Easy Step-by-Step Churros Recipe, complete with photos. What a great breakfast for Christmas morning!
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3. Zyliss Garlic Press for the Garlic Lover

Garlic Press
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This press is very sturdy and a real workhorse. In fact, this is the only brand of garlic press that did not break after frequent use. It allows you to press garlic cloves without peeling the skin. The leftover skin is simple to remove and discard. Include the recipe for Gambas al Ajillo, a classic Spanish tapa, full of garlic!
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4. Wooden Mortar and Pestle

Mortar and Pestle
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Essential to the Spanish kitchen, practical wooden mortars and pestles are used daily to grind and pulverize garlic and spices.
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5. Hand Stick Blender

Stick Blender
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Kitchens in Spain are never without a stick blender to create smooth and creamy purees and sauces, like alioli, Spanish garlic mayonnaise or gazpacho, cold tomato soup from Andalucia. This nifty gadget is convenient, easy to use and clean! Some of them even come with whisk and chopper attachments.
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6. Ramekins for Flan

Porcelain Ramekins
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Ramekins are small dishes, usually round, about 3 inches in diameter and 2 inches in height, made of white porcelain. However, ramekins come in all different colors and several sizes. They are essential for making Spanish flan or crema catalana in individual servings.
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7. Lever Wine Opener

Lever Wine Opener
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No more struggling to get the cork out of the bottle. These clever gadgets allow you to open wine bottles simply and easily with a lever. Include one or more of these Top Spanish Wines Under $20 with the lever opener for an unforgettable gift.
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8. Spanish Saffron

Spanish Saffron - Azafran
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Spanish saffron is an essential in the Spanish kitchen and a spice that has a special place in history, always having been considered valuable. Saffron is a very delicate spice, harvested by hand, which is actually the tiny red stigma in the center of the purple crocus flower. A very special gift for someone who enjoys Spanish cooking. Include the How to Make Paella de Marisco Step-by-Step.
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9. Segura Viudas Sparkling Wine for the Cava Drinker

Segura Viudas Reserva, Spanish Cava
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Not only is this a wonderfully fresh-tasting, dry Spanish sparkling wine, but it comes in a beautiful bottle as well. It rests on an authentic pewter base and comes in a handsome hand-blown bottle with a metal crest of the Segura Viudas family. This is one bottle that your friends and family are sure to save and will remember the occasion for opening the cava.
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10. Spanish Paprika - Pimenton

Spanish Paprika - Pimenton
Smokey or Sweet, Spanish paprika (pimenton in Spanish) is a "must have" for the Spanish cook. It is used in everything from sauces and soups to tapas and rubs.
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11. Gas Paella Burner

Gas Paella Burner
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If the gift recipient is a paella-lover, this economical Char-Broil burner and tripod set is perfect. We've found it to be easy-to-assemble, sturdy and very convenient. It comes with everything needed to cook - a gas hose, valve, regulator and paella pan. After assembling, attach to a propane tank and it's ready to use. Read our complete product review.
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