Spanish food (not to be confused with Mexican food) is a delicious blend of Mediterranean herbs and spices with coastal favorites like shrimp and clams mixed with some different unique preparation techniques. Many spanish dishes are almost as easy to make as they are delicious.There are many Spanish style restaurants, especially in the New Jersey area where we originally started.
There are many Spanish style restaurants, especially in the New Jersey area where we originally started. One of our favorites was near to our old insurance agency in North Jersey….called Xunta – Tapas España.
Here are 3 easy to cook Spanish dishes you can whip up at home in no time!
Paella is predominantly a rice dish that hails from Valencia on the coast of the Balearic Sea. Paella is “one pan meal” and an all-purpose dish. Like an omelet or casserole, it can be prepared with a million different combinations and variations. Three of these varieties in particular are:
Paella can have meat, fish, seafood, and vegetables but one thing all paella has in common is the use of saffron, which gives it a yellow color and unique flavor.
Tapas are what might be considered appetizers in the United States, but are instead considered small meals in Spain. Like appetizers, Tapas covers a broad range of different types of foods, but are characterized by being small, individual dishes. Many times, meals in Spain are a combination of a number of different tapas. Here are a few of the most popular.
Patatas Bravas Albondigas Mallorcan Tumbet
Empanadas are the Spanish take on the Australian Shepherd’s pie coupled with a pastry turnover. In fact, in Spanish, empanada means “turnover.” A filing of spicy meat and potato mixture is spooned into a circle of dough that resembles a flaky pie crust when baked. The dough is folded over and crimped to form a half moon shape. An egg mixture is then brushed over the top and the empanadas put in the oven to bake. Smaller empanadas called empanadillas are also sometimes served as tapas. Here is an excellent step-by-step recipe for empanadas – which even includes a simple recipe for making the dough from scratch.