Spanish Night - Paella

Heather and I have decided to start a themed cooking night. On Friday night, every 2 weeks except when we’re traveling, we’ll make recipes of a specific country or style. The first evening was Spanish and I tried to cover the gamut. I was in charge of Flan + Paella and she took on potato salad (pipirrana), Sangria and Empanada.

First up, we made this Sangria recipe using Armagnac instead of a standard cheap brandy. It also gave us both something to sip on while we cooked. My one critique is that I’d skip the lemon concentrate next time. it gave me a pretty bad throat ache.

Spanish Night - Sangira

Spanish Night - Sangira

Next up is the Paella. I didn’t add shrimp and instead did chicken + chorizo for the meats. This was the best dish by far. Really exceptional. Here’s the recipe. I also made a Malaguena Lemon and Dill Vinaigrette which I’ll continue making to top chicken recipes because it was exceptional. The fresh dill made this awesome. I didn’t take photos of that process though.

Spanish Night - Paella

Spanish Night - Paella

Spanish Night - Paella

Spanish Night - Paella

Spanish Night - Paella

Spanish Night - Paella

Next up, Heather made Pipirrana using this recipe. It’s served cold, the egg was weird and the olives made it even weirder. I frankly did not like this recipe at all. Would not repeat, don’t attempt.

Spanish Night - Potato Salad

Spanish Night - Potato Salad

Heather’s Empanadas were awesome. We stuffed them with raspberry jam and coated in cinnamon sugar. Here’s the recipe. Would crush these daily if I could put up with the calories.

Spanish Night - Raspberry Empanada

Spanish Night - Raspberry Empanada

Finally, my first attempt at flan in a very long time. I didn’t let it cool overnight which is why it did not come out looking beautiful but the taste was spot on. I love this stuff. Addicting yet there’s so much sugar. Here’s the recipe I followed.

Spanish Night - Flan (fail)

Spanish Night - Flan (fail)