The cuisine of Spain - Europe
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The foods of Spain
The traditional food of Spain is 1. Paella Valenciana. Paella is perhaps the most famous Spanish dish of all, and certainly one of the most abused. Authentic paella originates from the region around Valencia, and comes in two varieties: Paella Valenciana, with rabbit and chicken; and seafood paella.
From tasty tapas to superb seafood and traditional roasts, food in Spain is all about making the most of the best local produce. Spain is a diverse country with different cultures and cuisines, though they share some common traits (which are also common to other Mediterranean countries). Mostly olive oil is used for cooking, and the base for many Spanish dishes is the “sofrito”: tomato, onion, garlic and peppers, fried in oil before adding the rest of the ingredients. Herbs and spices such as bay, parsley, rosemary, thyme, clove, nutmeg, cumin and paprika are often used. Very spicy dishes are rare in traditional Spanish cuisine.
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Appetizer recipesMarinated mussels spinach and chickpeas
Main recipesAsparagus with orange and endive salad Chicken and pasta salad with asparagus Lamb shanks braised in red wine Marinated cod fillet with corn pudding Mussels mariniere Mussels with leeks saffron and cream Paella of mussels Paella valenciana Pork scallopines with puree of chestnuts Rack of lamb with mushroom crust Red endives and spinach salad Roasted salmon with creamy endives Shrimp salad with belgian endive Spanish fish stew Spanish mussels Spanish omelets Tomato stuffed with creamy cheese with gazpacho
Side dishes recipesBroccoli with garlic Pasta with broccoli and garbanzo beans Potato eggplant tart Puree of celery root Roasted acorn squash
Dessert recipesLemon tart with walnut crust Orange soaked cake Plum raspberry sorbet Strawberry and peach compote Strawberry cheese cake in macaroon crust Strawberry-orange sherbet Winter citrus compote
Cooking in Spain