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Vegetable Side Dishes

Traditional Spanish side dishes are full of fresh vegetables and potatoes, combined with olive oil, herbs and garlic.

Spanish Fried Cauliflower Recipe - Coliflor Rebozada
This fried cauliflower recipe makes a lightly fried cauliflower without heavy breading by quickly dipping the florets in beaten egg and (optionally) dusting with flour before they are popped into the frying pan to brown on all sides. Serve with "alioli," (is garlic mayonnaise sauce from Cataluna), or another dipping sauce from Spain.

Steamed Asparagus with Serrano Ham and Dipping Sauce Recipe
Green or white asparagus, the Spanish enjoy both. However, fresh steamed asparagus is a springtime treat, that is easy to prepare and tastes wonderful. Pair it with Spanish Serrano ham and garlicky dipping sauce, and you have a simple, elegant side dish.

Artichokes with Alioli Recipe - Alcachofas con Alioli
The Spanish love artichokes, cooking them in different ways including in salads, soups and stews. One of the most delicious ways to enjoy artichokes is also one of the simplest - steamed artichokes with easy "alioli" (Spanish garlic mayonnaise.) Serve the artichokes warm or chilled as a first course.

Spanish Important Potatoes Recipe - Patatas a la Importancia
"Patatas a la Importancia," as the name implies are “potatoes of importance.” These are probably one of the most delicious and richest potato recipes you will ever taste! The potatoes are thickly sliced, coated in flour, dipped in egg and browned in olive oil. They are then simmered in a sauce made with finely chopped onion and garlic, chicken broth and a pinch of saffron. These potatoes m…

Catalan Spinach Recipe - Espinacas a la Catalana
This is a very simple, classic Catalan recipe for spinach. Steamed spinach is briefly sauteed in olive oil, garlic, pine nuts and raisins. It is a delicious and elegant side dish to serve with dinner.

Aragonese Potatoes au Gratin Recipe - Patatas Gratinadas de Aragon
This potatoes and cheese recipe is from the region Aragon, in northeast Spain. It is easy, and uses ingredients that are probably in your pantry – potatoes, eggs, milk, cheese and bacon. Moist, not runny, this dish has solid consistency – a bit like a layered Spanish potato omelet with bacon.

Swiss Chard and Egg Recipe - Menestra de Acelgas
This baked egg "menestra" is moist, not soupy, and loaded with a combination of earthy chard and garlic flavor. So, serve it as a first course at dinner, or at breakfast or brunch. This is a traditional "menestra" from Galicia and Asturias, in the extreme Northwest region of Spain.

How to Roast Peppers Step-by-Step
Roasting peppers is simple and takes about 30 minutes. They are a traditional food in Spanish cuisine, used as an ingredient or eaten with olive oil and garlic. Char any kind of fresh pepper on a barbecue grill or under the broiler, then peel. Use them right away or freeze for later. Not only are peppers roasted at home more tasty, they are much more economical than those purchased at the store.

Sauted Peppers with Garlic, Eggplant and Potatoes
This is a very simple, quick side dish and can be served with a variety of meats or chicken. We recommend that you try it with montados de lomo, sauted pork loin steaks.

Spanish Mushrooms, Peppers and Garlic Recipe - Champinones, Pimientos y Ajo
Mushrooms and peppers sauted with plenty of garlic is a versatile dish. It makes a good side dish to accompany meat, chicken or eggs, but can be served as a tapa with slices of rustic bread. Preparation is simply slicing the mushrooms, pepper and garlic, then sauting them in olive oil.

Broccoli with Onions and Olives Recipe
Broccoli is part of the cabbage family. Although its origins are from the Mediterranean, it was not a popular vegetable in Spain until recently. Onions and broccoli are sautéed in olive oil, then white wine, paprika and olives are added, giving this dish a typically Spanish flavor.

Esparragos Gratinados - Asparagus with Serrano Ham and Béchamel Sauce
Fresh green asparagus is lightly steamed, then wrapped in a paper-thin slice of Serrano ham and drizzled with bechamel sauce. Sprinkle with a bit of grated parmesan cheese. Bake until golden brown on top and you have a fresh, tasty and attractive side dish for spring.

Mushrooms with Garlic and White Wine Recipe - Setas con Ajo y Vino Blanco
“Setas” or mushrooms are very popular in Spain. Many people drive or walk out to the countryside and spend the day picking them, especially after an autumn rain. The Fall is a great time for mushrooms and this dish is easy and quite delicious served with bread as a “tapa,” as an accompaniment to a beef, lamb or pork roast, steak or chops.

Alcachofas con Jamon - Artichokes with Serrano Ham
"Alcachofas con Jamon" or Artichokes with Serrano Ham is from La Rioja region. It is a good side dish to serve with meat or fish. The cooked artichokes are covered in a sauce made from onion, carrot and ham, sauteed in white wine.

Esparragos con Alioli - Asparagus with Alioli Recipe
Asparagus is a great side dish for any Spanish menu, especially in spring when the harvest is at its peak. This recipe combines fresh, green asparagus with a favorite sauce - garlicky Alioli.

Green Beans with Garlic – Alubias Verdes con Ajo
This is a simple and easy recipe that uses nothing but fresh ingredients - green beans and garlic! Try it as a side dish tonight.

Red Cabbage San Isidro Style – Lombarda de San Isidro
This red Cabbage recipe from Madrid is baked with apples, that give it a sweet taste, onions, potatoes and ham, which gives makes it salty, too. This is a good side dish to serve with a pork roast or sausage and some bread.

Salamandroña - Squash and Pepper Mix
Learn to cook a traditional Southern Spanish dish, whose origins are Arabic. An intriguing dish made with fresh orange squash or pumpkin, peppers and sardines was a popular meal with the fisherman of Granada's coast. Try it tonight with a roast or steak and glass of Spanish red wine.

Green Beans with Ham and Peppers Recipe - Alubias Verdes con Jamon y Pimientos
In Spain fresh vegetables are often steamed, then sautéed or tossed with olive oil and Spanish ham. This recipe combines fresh green beans, Serrano ham, garlic and peppers for a quick, easy and nutritious vegetable side dish. Mix any leftovers with scrambled eggs for breakfast!

Garlic Paprika Mashed Potatoes Recipe – Pure de Patatas con Ajo y Pimenton
These easy mashed potatoes, flavored with garlic and Spanish smoke paprika are a wonderful complement to any main course, from roast beef or pork to grilled steak, and even a roast turkey or chicken.

Rice-Stuffed Peppers Recipe - Pimientos Rellenos de Arroz,
Rice-stuffed peppers like these are a healthy, Mediterranean-style side dish. Cooked rice is mixed with sauteed onions and garlic, as well as raisins and ground almonds. Stuff the delicious mixture into bell pepper halves and bake. This is a wonderful vegetarian dish. Optionally, serve with roast chicken, beef or pork.

Spanish Fried Baby Artichoke Recipe - Alcachofas Fritas
Baby artichokes make great side dishes or tapas. This recipe is simple and very tasty. Quarter four baby artichokes, dip in flour and egg, then fry until golden brown. Serve by themselves or with garlicky alioli sauce.

Mallorcan Eggplant Bake Recipe - Tumbet Mallorquin
Tumbet is a traditional vegetarian side dish is from the island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean Sea. It is a mix of eggplants, potatoes, zucchini, garlic and tomato sauce and can accompany grilled or roast beef, lamb, pork or fish. For a light dinner or brunch, serve it with fried eggs.

Spanish Fried Peppers and Onion Recipe – Pimientos Fritos con Cebolla
This dish is typically Spanish, and makes a simple, quick and easy tapa or side dish. Fry red or green peppers with onion slices to make a colorful addition to any meal. Served on a platter in the center of the table and invite everyone to spoon the mixture on slices of fresh rustic bread. Serve it with roast meat, steak, pork chops or fried or...

Spanish Paprika Potatoes with Garlic Recipe - Patatas Pimenton con Ajillo
Paprika Potatoes with Garlic is a very typical first course in northern Spain. The slices of potatoes are flavored with Spanish paprika and garlic, and has broth, but is not quite a soup. It is an easy, classic Spanish first course, that is perfect to start dinner on chilly evenings.

Marinated Carrots Recipe - Zanahorías Aliñadas
Marinated and pickled vegetables are traditional dishes in Spain, and are commonly served in homes and at tapas bars. This recipe for marinated carrots is a great example of how tasty a simple-to-prepare tapa can be. Cook carrots in water, then marinate in vinegar, water and spices for a few hours. Drizzle with oil and serve.

Escalivada Recipe - Catalan Roasted Pepper, Eggplant and Onions
"Escalivada" is an oven-roasted vegetable dish, often eaten in the summer months in Cataluna and Aragon. Eggplant, red pepper, onion and garlic are roasted, then peeled and cut into strips. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and salt.

Warm Vegetables with Vinaigrette Recipe - Murcian Vegetable Salad
A simple Spanish side dish from Murcia. Seasonal vegetables are cooked, including asparagus, artichokes, leeks and potatoes. Then a tomato vinaigrette dressing and chopped hard-boiled egg is added over the top.

Piquillo Peppers Stuffed with Mushroom & Spinach Recipe - Pimientos Rellenos
Roasted piquillo peppers are stuffed with chopped mushrooms and spinach, then topped with bechamel sauce. Serve as a first course.

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