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Questions with this tag should be about traditional ingredients, preparations or dishes from Spain - such as paella, gazpacho or migas. Questions about ingredients common to Spanish-style cooking, but which aren't about a specific Spanish dish, should not use this tag.

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American Potatoes vs. Spanish Potatoes

I just watched a commercial for Idaho potatoes that said they're special because they're especially 'dense'. When I was in Spain my señora told me that when she came to American she couldn't make ...
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Cooking a tender pork sirloin (Solomillo al Whisky)

A popular dish in Andalusia consists of pork sirloin chops in a whiskey sauce. I've tried to recreate this at home by marinading for a short time and then frying, but the meat ends up rather tough, ...
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Tortilla Espinoza - what is it and how do I make it?

It's been requested that I make a traditional Spanish dish named "tortilla espinoza". I have no idea what this is, and the google has failed me in finding something remotely close it. Does anyone ...
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Would smoked chicken work well in paella?

I am not a chef, I just like to cook. Tomorrow I am making paella for a bunch of people, and I am leaning towards following this recipe. I was wondering, however, if it would be okay to swap the two ...
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Why does oil change the color of salmorejo?

We did a few experiments last year with salmorejo, a cold soup made of very ripe tomatoes and bread, very similar to gazpacho. We noticed that while blending, the salmorejo would turn pink. This is ...
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Is there a difference between coca, focaccia and pizza?

I've made a number of pizza's and coca's lately and I thought about making a focaccia... When reading about coca, focaccia was mentioned, and when reading about focaccia, pizza was mentioned. I have ...
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How can you pre-bake coca (pizza)?

The Spanish coca is related to the pizza, so I guess the question can apply for both. Normally I bake it in about 20 minute, should I take it out after 10 minute or later or sooner? If I freeze it, ...
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Properties of a good paella pan

I was bought a paella pan for my birthday. It had a small label on it with only the brand name on, which I've since washed off. It is steel (I think), with rubberised handles and dozens of concentric ...
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Cracked Mexican/Spanish style rice

I've been trying to reproduce my favorite kind of Mexican or Spanish style rice that I find in some restaurants. It is dry and fluffy and seems to be cracked or split open. I've gone through many ...
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Is the Tortilla de Patatas modification to include carrots reasonable and can you cook inside a casserole dish to make it taller?

I want to make Tortilla de Patatas but I have extra carrots that I would like to use somewhere. Can I include them in the frying phase? And can the dish be cooked in a casserole dish in the oven ...
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What's the difference between gazpacho and normal soups?

Gazpacho is (afaik) a tomato-based soup, eaten very cold. I was wondering if there is a difference between gazpacho and other soups, apart from the temperature eaten at. Could you heat gazpacho and ...
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How to prepare Spanish Migas?

Spanish Migas is a stale bread based regional dish. It's prepared with different ingredients all over the peninsula. The Portuguese have their own variant. How can the bread be cut with the least ...
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What type of Paprika is the generic stuff one buys at a grocery store chain?

I have read this very good link on the differences in paprika, but I did not learn all that I need to learn as far as buying these different varieties. When I go to my grocery chain to do my weekly ...
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What's in a 'Paella'?

Answering this question, I made an ass of myself claiming that Onions are not used in a real Paella. Tomatoes neither. Paprika / Pimentón neither as this will overpower the saffron flavor. I've ...
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Why do you need to fry onions and garlic before adding other ingredients to a dish?

I've been using an online Paella recipe that instructs you to sweat some onions for 5 minutes, then add garlic for a few minutes, followed by the vegetables, tomatoes, rice and stock. Is there a ...
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Pimientos de Padron equivalent

In Spain I had a wonderful tapa called Pimiento de Padron. Green chiles fried in olive oil and salted. What type of chile could I find in the US to replicate this dish? The chiles should be mild, with ...
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How much Saffron to use?

I'm a bit confused with how much saffron to use in a paella recipe. I've seen numerous recipes that state to use 1gram. However I have a 1gram jar and that seems like a lot of saffron to me. I've ...
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Can I use boiled potatoes in Spanish omelette?

I have some leftover microwaved potatoes. Can I use these potatoes in Spanish omelette? Also, I read that tomatoes are not part of "authentic" Spanish omelette. Is that true?
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Why do gazpacho recipes have you put garlic and salt together, then mash with an egg?

Why do gazpacho recipes have you put garlic and salt together, then mash with an egg? What is the purpose?
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How does gelatin interact with grease (fat)?

I made an escalivada (eggplant, red pepper and onion in the oven, peel, cool) yesterday, and today I've added gelatin to make a nice presentation. I used about 5gr of gelatin for 150ml heated ...
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A great book with recipes for Tapas

Spanish Tapas is some of the best food I know. I've been to a lot of great restaurants all over Europe. I've bought some books, and tried different recipes for making this food. It should not be very ...
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Why does salted codfish turn chewy?

We recently bought half a salted codfish. I did a Spanish recipe (and asked a question about it). The fish had a very nice texture (although it was way too salty). This weekend, my wife did the same ...
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Spanish Codfish with sous-vide

I recently made a Spanish codfish. It's called Bacalao al pil pil. The trick is to render the gelatin from the fish at a low temperature, reserve the fish meat and then mount the gelatin with oil. The ...
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Pimenton ahumado vs. Pimenton de la vera

Besides the noticeable cost difference between these two, what is the difference between pimenton ahumado and pimenton de la vera? Both are purported to be Spanish smoked paprika.
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What is 'Cooking Chorizo'?

I have a recipe that calls for "Cooking Chorizo" what is this, would normal cured Chorizo be an acceptable substitute, any advice?
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What is the ingredient that makes a Spanish paella so particular?

I have eaten paella in Spain; I then ate it in Italy, but it didn't taste like the one in Spain. What is the ingredient that makes the Spanish paella so particular? I remember they used a particular ...
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What type of sherry is typically used when cooking?

Not having used sherry before, what is the type used when a recipe just calls for "sherry"? I see cream sherry, dry sherry, and very dry sherry at my local grocery store. Does brand matter much?