August 8, 2022

Spanish cuisine with a U.S. twist

Tapas, tortilla, paella and so much more — Spanish cuisine offers a variety of delicious dishes that know how to give you that blissful vacation feeling. Fortunately, you can easily prepare your own Spanish-inspired meals at home and save yourself the flight abroad. Add variety to your menu and experiment with these Spanish recipes… each with an extra special U.S. twist. Enjoy the best of both worlds with these culinary delights!

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Cranberry Sangria

First thing first: drinks! What better way to feel like you are relaxing in the Mediterranean than by sipping on a refreshing and fruity sangria. The punch-like drink is traditionally made from red wine, fruit pieces, and fruit juice. If you prefer white wine, don’t have red wine lying around, or simply want to mix things up, then the Cranberry Sangria is just the drink for you. This lovely drink gets its red color and lots of flavor from U.S. Cranberry juice. Mixed together with white wine, lemon juice, soda water, sugar, and crushed ice, this bold beverage offers a fresh, new take on the Spanish sangria. 

Zesty Garden Almonds Gazpacho

Have you ever had cold soup? With the hot climate and long summers, it is no surprise that Spain is known for its rising popularity of chilled soup. Gazpacho, which originated in the southern region of Andalusia, is a cold soup traditionally prepared with vegetables. Especially in summer, gazpacho is an ideal dish for hot days, because it is light, refreshing, and doesn’t require cooking with heat! The Zesty Garden Almonds Gazpacho created by Chef Christine Farkas of IHeart Food Consulting is a creamy delight. All you have to do is mix together all the ingredients and garnish with toasted slices of California Almonds. Buen provecho! 

Sweet Potato Tortilla

Depending on where you are, ordering a tortilla can mean a variety of things. In Spain, the tortilla is a Spanish omelet made from eggs with potatoes and onion. It may sound simple, but it is absolutely delicious and can be enjoyed at any time of the day! Want something a little more filling? This 

Sweet Potato Tortilla takes the Spanish dish to the next level. Next to North Carolina Sweetpotatoes, this tortilla is filled with ingredients such as zucchini, parmesan, nutmeg, dried chili flakes, and, if desired, topped with some slices of Jamón Serrano — the popular Spanish ham. 

Spanish Mountain Paella with California Golden Raisins

The beautiful Mediterranean coast of Spain, specifically the area around Valencia, is home to the beloved rice dish known as paella. The name “paella” is derived from the old Valencia word for pan, as this traditional meal is prepared in a large, flat, open round steel pan with handles. There are a few varieties of paella, some made with chicken, seafood, or a mix of both. The Spanish Mountain Paella with California Golden Raisins has one unique ingredient from the West Coast of the United States: California Raisins. The dried grapes give this paella a subtly sweet twist that goes well with the seafood flavors. 

Pan-Seared Steaks with Romesco Sauce

Next to flavorful tapas, tortilla and paella, you’ll find creamy and strong sauces in Spain. Romesco is one of those. The slightly spicy sauce is originally from the province of Tarragona in Catalonia but has gained popularity throughout the country. The Spanish dip is prepared using tomatoes, garlic, almonds, hazelnuts, fresh or dried peppers, white bread, olive oil, vinegar, red wine, salt, and pepper.

Ready to enjoy the flavors of Spain? Bright and peppery Romesco sauce over deliciously tender Flat Iron Steaks is what you can look forward to when trying the U.S. Beef recipe for ​​Pan-Seared Steaks with Romesco Sauce. If you prefer watching a video tutorial, you can watch and learn here

Chocolate with Walnut Churros

Crispy churros dunked in a warm cup of melted chocolate — what sounds like a heavenly dessert is actually a beloved breakfast treat for many Spaniards. Both children and adults can be found indulging in this sweet morning treat at their local cafe. Add a nutty hint and crisp with California Walnuts and you have decorative Chocolate with Walnut Churros. These cinnamon sugar-dusted walnut churros are perfect for dunking into the rich chocolate sauce!