In the Kitchen- Spain

OK- I found the recipes, and we had fun browsing the tourist sites, but I’ll admit we didn’t try them all.  (I occasionally get hit with vertigo attacks, and then nothing happens for a while, this one was very top shelf- bleh.)

But I did discover that one of our favorite stand-by dishes was also a stand-by favorite in Spain!  The kids loved finding out that there was something they could eat and enjoy if they were abroad there- and that, really, is the whole point of all this. We ate it with extra chocolaty hot-chocolate, which was also a hit.   So, here’s the recipe

Spanish Omelet
The Spanish omelet, or tortilla española, is one of the most common dishes in this country. It is very simple to prepare, and most tapas bars and cafés serve variations on the classic recipe. This dish is made from potatoes, eggs and chopped onions and fried in a pan with oil and salt. Many Spanish families will serve the Tortilla de Patatas for any given meal throughout the day. The ingredients are fried and mixed in a pan with olive oil and salt. Once the omelet starts to solidify, the heat is turned up and the chef gives it a disc-like form, similar to a Frisbee. You will find slices of this tortilla at just about every tapas bar in Spain.


3 medium potatoes cut into half-inch cubes
1 medium white or yellow onion finely chopped
3-4 large eggs
1 clove garlic finely chopped
5 TB olive oil
splash of milk
salt to taste

I also would like to try these next recipes- they look like they would be comfortable on my kids “picky eating” issues if I am careful, but it will have to wait- it’s a doctor day.

Flan de Huevos
Wrap up your meal with some Spanish dessert. Flan de Huevos is a caramel custard.   Flan is one of the absolute classic Spanish dessert recipes! This sweet custard is found on the menu of nearly every restaurant. This baked custard originated with the Romans, but the Spanish took the idea and made it their own!
Original recipe makes 1 – 9 inch round
1 cup white sugar
3 eggs
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt sugar until liquefied and golden in color. Carefully pour hot syrup into a 9 inch round glass baking dish, turning the dish to evenly coat the bottom and sides. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat eggs. Beat in condensed milk, evaporated milk and vanilla until smooth. Pour egg mixture into baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil.
Bake in preheated oven 60 minutes. Let cool completely.
To serve, carefully invert on serving plate with edges when completely cool.

Originating in Valencia, paella is a rice dish prepared with seafood. Of all the foods in Spain, this is the most popular. In this dish, savory yellow rice is combined with tomatoes, onions, peas, shellfish, squid, clams and chicken drumsticks. These ingredients are cooked in a large saucepan over an open fire with olive oil and salt.
The dish originated in Moorish times, but the Valencianos made it their own. The are two or three primary recipes, but like pizza, you can be creative with this dish and add lots of different recipe combinations.


2 cups callaspara or bomba rice (use medium-grain rounded Mediterranean rice)
about 1 lb of chicken wings and drumlets
about 12 fresh muscles
2 squid cleaned with their bodies cut into rings
about 1/2 lb clams
about 15 shrimp (uncooked and unpeeled)
1 onion chopped
1 red pepper chopped
1 green pepper chopped
2 cloves garlic chopped
about 1/4 ts saffron
about 6-7 cups of fish or chicken stock
about 2 TB of cognac or 1/2 cup dry white wine
about 5 TB olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
lemon wedges for garnish

Fritters with Chocolate Sauce”
Churros con Chocolate is a classic Spanish snack! You cannot go to a local fair or festival and not see numerous vendors selling these sweet fried treats. Churros con chocolate are also commonly served for breakfast! The churro is delicious, but the chocolate sauce puts it over the top!
This traditional Spanish food can easily be made at home! The chocolate sauce recipe is very easy to make and could be useful for other recipes.
Give this one a try the time you are looking for a fun treat!Serves: 4-6
Preparation time: 20 minutes


3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 eggs beaten
pinch of salt

For the chocolate sauce:
1 cup milk
2 ts corn starch
4 oz dark chocolate chopped
2 TB sugar


In a medium sauce pan bring the water to a boil with butter and salt. Add the flour and stir vigorously. The flour will come together into a soft ball. Remove from the heat and stir in the eggs until you have a thick paste. Heat the oil in a large skillet (about 3/4″ to 1″ in the pan). Put the paste in a cake decorating tube with a star-like fitting. Squeeze out 4-5 lengths of the churro into the hot oil. Cook on each side 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a paper towel to cool and then place the churro in a plate of sugar, lightly coat with the sugar. For the chocolate, add 1/2 cup of the milk to a saucepan and slowly heat it with the chocolate. In a small glass, mix the other 1/2 cup of milk with the corn starch. After the chocolate has fully melted, add the milk and cornstarch mix and the sugar. Stir and slowly heat until the mixture thickens. Serve the churros with a small bowl of the chocolate and enjoy!



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