Ten at Ten: Sizzling Spanish Recipes

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Each Friday at 10am we invite a Foodies100 member to share their favourite ten posts with us. If you’d like to share some of your favourite reads then get in touch with our editor Alison at foodies100@fleaenterprises.com. You’ll get a link back to your own site and other social platforms, as well as the opportunity to introduce yourself to a bunch of new readers.

This week, Julie from Angelina Cupcake has chosen her top picks…

OVER TO JULIE…

After a fantastic foodie day last weekend at Streets of Spain in London, I was inspired to browse for some Spanish recipes. Apart from the cakes and bakes, I also love to eat, cook and share Spanish food. Tapas is my go-to whenever I have friends around for drinks and nibbles, it’s such a sociable way of eating. Here are the best posts I found…
  • First up is Feisty Tapas. I follow Maria’s blog and am regularly drawn in by her delicious looking recipes. On her blog there are also reviews of Spanish produce retailers, restaurants and a simple guide to tapas dishes. I particularly liked the sound of Maria’s recipe for sopa de fideos (pasta soup) so I intend to give that one a go.
  • Next is the beautifully photographed The Little Loaf. Kate drew me in with the gorgeous styling of her photos and then I found her recipe for spicy black bean breakfast tostadas. I find breakfast becomes a little ‘samey’ when you’re trying to limit wheat intake, so these will make a tasty (Spanish) alternative. There are so many delicious sounding (and looking) recipes here I know I’ll be back time and time again.
  • I’m mentioning this recipe which is originally Nigella’s but shared again by Ren Behan. I’ve done variations of this Spanish chicken with chorizo and potatoes dish and it really is simple and satisfying. Ren’s blog is another beautiful one with taste bud-teasing recipes and stunning pictures that make you want to lick your screen!
  • I was intrigued by the aptly titled The Daily Spud… I thought it can’t really be a blog dedicated to the (not so) humble potato, but it really is! I make quite a mean patatas bravas, with romesco sauce and allioli but next time I’ll swap for Aoife’s Canarian salt wrinkled potatoes with Mojo Rojo and Mojo Verde. I might just add a big dollop of allioli for dunking too!
  • My list wouldn’t be complete without a Spanish tortilla recipe… Here I’m sharing Jan from a Glug of Oil’s recipe for tortilla with olives and chorizo. Originally an Omar Allibhoy recipe – if you haven’t heard of Omar he’s a relatively new kid on the block who is sharing his love of tapas and Spanish food – and I’ll soon be cooking with him at Leith’s cookery school (muy emocionado!!) It’s best made in advance and served at room temperature. Perfect for picnics and lunch boxes, the next day too.
  • I’m going with another breakfast dish next, and one of my favourites… Mexican egg rancheros from The Vegetarian Kitchen. I was a vegetarian for six and a half years so I’m loving the recipes here. I still like to include at least one veggie dish in my weekly meals. If, however, you fancy some meat in yours, you can always fry off some chorizo with the onion and peppers. Perfect for a relaxed weekend brunch.
  • A great big yum for Miss South of North/South Food’s saltfish and parsnip croquettes. North/South is a brother/sister team that live at opposite ends of the country. I think saltfish is a bit of an acquired taste – if you haven’t tried I recommend giving it a go. I always pick croquettes on a tapas menu, especially the ham ones, but I don’t think I’ve had them with parsnip as an ingredient.
  • It’s getting late now and I’ve got a case of the nibbles. Just browsing Mum Reinvented blog and my stomach actually growled at me when I came across these best neatballs ever (albondigas). I make some very similar but I don’t usually add chorizo… will certainly be trying this version with some yummy patatas bravas on the side.
  • Pintxos fabuloses’ indeed…. Delicieux shares with us some pinxtos recipes. Pintxos (meaning spike as they are skewered with a toothpick) are small snacks typically eaten in bars in Northern Spain. You can play around with lots of different toppings and Anneli gives us pintxos like Iberico ham, quails egg and parmesan or salmon and spicy avocado.
  • I feel it’s only right I should finish with a dessert… This last recipe is actually two recipes in one and is for churros and hot chocolate from Chocablog. When eating churros in Spain, the chocolate is deliciously thick and rich so it sticks to the doughy snack and coats the inside of your mouth… divine!

I’ve has so much fun writing this piece, browsing through the delicious blogs and sharing some of my favourite Spanish recipes with you. I think it’s time I invited my girlfriends round for some pintxos!

Big thanks to Julie for these mouth-watering Spanish selection! You can follow Julie on Twitter and Facebook.

Sally is the publisher of Foodies100, the UK's largest directory of brilliant UK food and drink blogs and bloggers. Every day of the week, we promote the UK's best and most exciting blogs about food and drink.

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