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Carrot Gazpacho with Chopped Salad

The play of textures from carrot juice, carrots, and a tomato-and-cucumber topping give this chilled soup extra elegance. Gazpacho seems a natural choice for lunch or dinner, but how about serving it at your next brunch?

Eggplant and Potato Tumbet

Tumbet, a vegetable dish from Majorca, Spain, is traditionally made by frying vegetables in olive oil, then baking them in a tomato sauce. This version skips the frying to cut down on fat, includes chickpeas for protein, and gets a crumpled phyllo topping for wow factor.

paella primavera

Paella Primavera

Who needs a paella pan? A large skillet stands in for the wide, shallow two-handled cookware in this quick veggie-laden version of the classic Spanish rice dish. Just like its pasta namesake, Paella Primavera lends itself to endless variation. You can substitute zucchini for broccoli in the summer; in the fall, replace half the broccoli with cubed butternut squash.

Fideua

Fideua

In Spain, special noodles are used to make this paella-like party dish, but angel hair pasta fragments work too. Break pasta strands 30 or so at a time to keep them from scattering. Broiling the dish is key to getting its crunchy texture. Serve with Quick Aïoli.

Garlicky Mushrooms

Garlicky Mushrooms

In tapas bars, champiñones al ajillo (garlicky mushrooms) are usually served in small, shallow bowls along with toothpicks.

Minted Fava Bean Salad

Minted Fava Bean Salad

Fava beans are a favorite in Spanish cuisine. Here, they’re tossed into a salad that pairs well with hearty main dishes. Feel free to substitute lima beans.

Andalusian Gazpacho

Andalusian Gazpacho

Traditionally assembled from finely hand-chopped tomatoes, cucumbers and green peppers, this Spanish classic now comes together in seconds thanks to the modern food processor or blender. The quantities are only an approximation because you should sample the soup and add ingredients to suit your taste. Using already chilled vegetables lets you eat a cold soup right away. Serve with an herbed omelet, and try lemon bars or wedges of lemon cake for dessert.

Patatas Bravas

Patatas Bravas

Patatas bravas means “fierce potatoes,” and hot smoked Spanish paprika gives the sauce for these roasted spuds an addictive bite. Spoon the sauce over the potatoes, or serve in a bowl along with toothpicks for dunking the potato wedges.

Mushroom-Manchego Quesadillas

Mushroom-Manchego Quesadillas

Mushrooms in Mexican food? You bet. Wild mushrooms are a popular ingredient all over Mexico. Use a young manchego cheese (labeled curado), which is nutty, and melts nicely. Monterey Jack also works well.

Spanish Wheat Berry Salad

Spanish Wheat Berry Salad

Wheat berries, also called hard wheat berries, are wheat grains from which the inedible hull has been removed. Toasting the grains before cooking enhances their nutty, chewy quality. Serve this salad warm, at room temperature, or chilled.

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