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5 Most Popular Recipes in Spain To Try (Recipe Guide) Tips And Calories

5 Most Popular Recipes in Spain To Try (Recipe Guide) Tips And Calories

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Spain is renowned for its rich culinary traditions, with each region offering unique and delicious dishes. Here are five of the most popular Spanish recipes, along with guides on how to make them, tips for success, and their approximate calorie counts.

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Most Popular Recipes in Spain To Try

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1. Paella Valenciana

Ingredients:

2 cups bomba rice
4 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup white wine
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup green beans
1/2 cup peas
1 pound mixed seafood (shrimp, mussels, clams)
1/2 pound chicken thighs, diced
1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh parsley and lemon wedges for garnish

Instructions:

Sauté Meat and Vegetables: In a large paella pan, heat olive oil. Sauté the chicken until browned. Remove and set aside.
Cook Vegetables: Sauté the onion, garlic, bell pepper, peas, and green beans until tender.

Add Rice: Stir in rice, saffron, and smoked paprika.

Add Liquids and Cook: Pour in wine and broth, bring to a simmer. Add seafood and chicken. Cook without stirring until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.

Garnish: Garnish with parsley and lemon wedges.

Tips:

Use saffron for authentic flavor. Do not stir once the rice starts cooking to form a crispy bottom layer (socarrat).

Calories: Approximately 350-400 per serving.

Read here how to make Paella

2. Tortilla Española (Spanish Omelet)

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Ingredients:

4 large potatoes, thinly sliced
1 large onion, thinly sliced
6 large eggs
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt to taste

Instructions:

Cook Potatoes and Onions: Heat olive oil in a skillet. Cook potatoes and onions until tender. Drain excess oil.

Mix with Eggs: Beat eggs in a bowl, season with salt, and mix with potatoes and onions.

Cook the Tortilla: Heat some oil in a skillet, pour in the mixture, cook until edges are set. Flip and cook the other side.
Serve: Let cool slightly before slicing.

Tips:

Use a plate to flip the tortilla for even cooking. Can be served warm or cold.

Calories: Approximately 200-250 per serving.

Read here how to Spanish Omelette

3. Gazpacho

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Ingredients:

6 ripe tomatoes
1 cucumber, peeled
1 green bell pepper
1 small red onion
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh basil or parsley for garnish

Instructions:

Blend Vegetables: Combine tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, onion, and garlic in a blender until smooth.

Add Oil and Vinegar: Slowly add olive oil and vinegar while blending.

Season and Chill: Season with salt and pepper. Chill for at least 2 hours.

Serve: Garnish with fresh herbs.

Tips:

Use ripe tomatoes for the best flavor. Serve very cold.

Calories: Approximately 150-200 per serving.

Read here how to make Gazpacho

4. Patatas Bravas

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Ingredients:

4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt to taste
For the Bravas Sauce:
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
Salt to taste

Instructions:

Roast Potatoes: Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Toss potatoes with olive oil and salt. Roast until crispy.

Make Bravas Sauce: Heat oil in a pan, add paprika and flour, cook briefly. Add broth, tomato paste, vinegar, and salt.
Simmer until thick.

Combine and Serve: Toss roasted potatoes with the sauce. Serve immediately.

Tips:

Roast potatoes until very crispy. Adjust paprika to control the heat.

Calories: Approximately 300-350 per serving.

Read here how to make Patatas Bravas

5. Churros with Chocolate Sauce

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Ingredients:

1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 large eggs
Vegetable oil for frying
For the Chocolate Sauce:
1 cup heavy cream
8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped

Instructions:

Make Dough: Bring water, butter, sugar, and salt to a boil. Add flour, stir until it forms a ball. Let cool slightly. Beat in eggs one at a time.

Fry Churros: Heat oil to 375°F (190°C). Pipe dough into hot oil, fry until golden brown.

Make Chocolate Sauce: Heat cream, pour over chocolate, stir until smooth.

Serve: Dust churros with sugar. Serve with chocolate sauce.

Tips:

Pipe dough directly into the hot oil for best results. Use high-quality chocolate for the sauce.

Calories: Approximately 400-450 per serving.

Read here how to make Churros with Hot Chocolate

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