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 recipes

Marinated mussels spinach and chickpeas

Main recipes

Asparagus 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 Red endives and spinach salad Roasted salmon with creamy endives Spanish fish stew Spanish mussels Spanish omelets Tomato stuffed with creamy cheese with gazpacho

Side dishes recipes

Broccoli with garlic Pasta with broccoli and garbanzo beans Puree of celery root Roasted acorn squash

Dessert recipes

Easter bunny cake Lemon tart with walnut crust Plum raspberry sorbet Strawberry and peach compote Strawberry cheese cake in macaroon crust Strawberry-orange sherbet

Cooking in Spain