Friday, May 4, 2007

Spanish Mother's day Menu

Spanish Mother's Day Menu
From Lisa & Tony Sierra,

Appetizers or Spanish Tapas: Make this Spanish tapa at the last minute, just as the guests arrive, so that they are piping hot. Make sure that you give your guests lots of paper napkins, so they can clean their fingers instead of licking them! This recipe is quick and easy and will not take longer than 20 minutes.

* Shrimp in Garlic – Gambas al Ajillo

More Appetizers or Spanish Tapas:

Tortilla Espanola, Tortilla de Patata, or in English Spanish or Potato Omelet is truly the national dish of Spain, made with fried potatoes, onions and eggs. Make the tortilla, a few hours ahead and let it rest. Then, cut into small squares and serve it with slices of fresh baguette. If you prefer, learn How to Make Tortilla Espanola with a Step-by-Step, complete with photos. A tortilla takes only about 35-40 minutes total preparation and cooking time and is not difficult.

* Spanish Omelet – Tortilla Espanola

First Course - Fresh Green Salad: Spanish make simple, fresh green salads that refresh the palette. The reason is probably because a simple green salad complements the other Spanish dishes, which are so flavorful. With this recipe, you’ll need Romaine or Iceburg lettuce, tomatoes and sliced red or yellow onions. This is another dish that you can prepare ahead of time and dress it when you place it on the table.

* Fresh Green Salad – Ensalada Verde
Main Course - Roast Suckling Pig:

Suckling pig, roasted until it is so tender that a plate can cut through it! Since sows give birth in the spring, this is the time of year that it should be easier to find. Talk to your butcher and ask him if he can order one. If you cannot find a suckling pig, use a pork roast. Since this may take a couple hours to roast, you can do the preparations and start the roast before guests arrive, so you can relax!

* Roast Suckling Pig – Cochinillo Asado

Side Dish - Potatoes a la Importancia: This “important” potatoes are bathed in a rich sauce, full of finely chopped onions, a bit of saffron and are sure to be a big hit at the table and will go well with a tender roast. The best part is that you can make them in the morning and refrigerate them. Then, put the pan on the stove to warm them up.

* Potatoes of Importance – Patatas a la Importancia

Dessert - Rioja Wine Sorbet: Yum! If your mom likes red wine and has never tried a wine sorbet, try this one! It is super easy to make and should be made at day ahead of time and frozen. In fact, you can make this recipe a week prior to serving. Be careful because once you try it, you may not have any left when the big day arrives!

* Rioja Wine Sorbet – Sorbete de Vino Rioja

More Menu Suggestions from the Guides:

Along with a short description of each Spanish dish are total estimated preparation/cooking time and information on whether you can make the dish ahead. Since there are several dishes that can be made ahead of time, divide up the cooking duties between your siblings and they can bring over the ones they prepare. It’s easy to email them the link to the recipes and share the chef spotlight (and the work).

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