Central Spain

Central Spain

Central Spain, unlike the foods that come from the north and south, has a much heartier and woodsy cuisine, not surprising since it lacks the resources that come from the seas and the lightness that those resources lend to the dishes there.  However, this doesn’t mean that the food is any less flavorful;  it’s here that some of the signature meats and cheeses of Spain originate- Iberico and Serrano ham and manchego cheese-that made from the sheep’s milk in the La Mancha region.  It’s also in this middle Earth area that produces a large part of the country’s signature spices- saffron in Castilla de la Mancha and Spanish paprika in Extremadura.  In keeping with what seems to be the Spanish thing, this week’s foods are simple dishes prepared with only a few ingredients resulting in tons of flavor.

“Spanish” Western omelet

Pisto Manchego con pollo (Spanish-style ratatouille with chicken)

Garlic soup

Arroz con leche (rice pudding)

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