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May 2010

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Seasonal Spanish Food

Page 3: Spanish Food Recipe Tests ~ Fall & Winter


This is Page 3 of a three-page review, plus recipes. Click on the black links below to visit the other pages.


Spanish Food Recipe Tests ~ Fall & Winter


Fillet Steak On Toast With Caramelized Onions & Melted Cheese was another winner with our tasters.

Chef Pizarro plays with some childhood memories in this recipe, an example of how deeply personal these recipes are.

How can the classic combination of a rich, well-cooked steak with sweet caramelized onions, cheese and crispy sourdough go wrong? If you break this recipe down, you have the makings of a heartier gourmet version of the classic Philly cheesesteak.

  Love Philly cheesesteak? Then you’ll definitely fall for this heartier version.

We also tried the Esperanza Paella (see photo at top of page), the quintessential Spanish rice dish known for its vibrant red color and impeccably fresh, seasonal ingredients.*

For the novice cook, making paella may seem daunting, but Chef Pizarro holds your hand through the entire recipe. All the steps are written in six very short and to-the-point paragraphs. Remember that with an intensive recipe like this, your first attempt may not be perfect. Try again—and definitely don’t let a big recipe like this get in your way of trying to other recipes in this book.

Click here to read the Esperanza Paella recipe.

*The recipe calls for Calasparra rice, but you can easily substitute Arborio rice or other short-grained, starchy rice.


Ham Croquetas are delicious, deep-fried ham fritters. This may be one of more challenging recipes in Seasonal Spanish Food, but Chef Pizarro explains the recipe step-by-step to ensure your execution is correct.

If you’ve never created a béchamel sauce, let alone a nugget out of the sauce, it can be a little intimidating. However, the end results of a creamy sauce and a salty, ham-centered, deep fried nugget may be too good to pass up.

As long as you approach this particular recipe with an open mind and a decent sense of determination, these ham fritters should turn out to your liking.

Click here to read the Ham Croquetas recipe.

  Deep-fried ham fritters hit the spot on a cold winter day.

Seasonal Spanish Food: 125 Simple Recipes Bring HOme The flavors of SPain

By Jose Pizarro

  • Published by Kyle Books
    240 pages

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