Cuisine - Spanish
These meatballs fall into a class of tapas called "cosas de picar." Named after the picks that the picadors use during a bull fight, the term refers to those tapas that are served with toothpicks. In Spain, they would be made with minced meat, but since ground meats are more readily available, I use a combination of ground pork and beef. Traditionally these are made with paprika, but since I like my foods a little more spicy, I also add ground cayenne.
These quick snacks have a light and spicy Asian twist. You can easily omit the chicken for vegetarian guests.
This is a typical Portuguese soup, here spiced up by the piri-piris. The sausage often contains piri-piri powder and is the same as the chorizo of Spain and Mexico.
Here is the favorite hot sauce of the Canary Islands that is commonly
served over papas arrugadas, new potatoes that are boiled in their skins
in sea water. It is also sprinkled over grilled or crispy fried fish.
Variation: Replace the parsley with freshly minced cilantro and you have
mojo picón de cilantro.
The word cascabel means rattle in Spanish and this full-flavored dried chile probably received its name due to its shape and the fact that its seeds rattle around when you shake it. These turtles are like no others you've tasted before, hot as well as sweet. This recipe is from the book Sweet Heat by Melissa Stock and Dave DeWitt, Ten Speed Press.
Piperade is a colorful pepper sauce that is only spicy when made in the Basque region. This simple but delicious dish is often served at the Celebration of the Peppers. Serve it boiled potatoes and green beans.
'This salsa is served either smooth or as a salsa that has texture. It's best made with fully ripe tomatoes, but if they aren't available, canned tomatoes can be substituted. '
This is one of the most delicious Mexican coastal fish recipes. It is served in Veracruz, the area of Mexico most influenced by Spanish cooking, but is popular all over the country. Often the snapper is dusted with flour and pan fried, then covered with a sauce, but we prefer ours beach-style. We grill it over wood or natural charcoal (gas is acceptable, too) and then serve it with the sauce on the side. Charring the tomatoes on the grill adds a smoky dimension to the sauce. This elegant and colorful fish is served with white rice and additional pickled jalapeños.
Be sure that your shrimp, clams, and scallops are fresh. Throw away any clams that do not open when being cooked.
This cool soup with a spicy bite is very refreshing on a hot day. Technically not really cooking, it's a great way to "recycle" any leftover salsa. For a creamier gazpacho, add a ripe avocado.