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Pulpo a la Gallega (Galician-Style Octopus) - The Simple Way

Pulpo a la Gallega (Galician-Style Octopus) - The Simple Way

Pulpo a la Gallega or Galician-Style Octopus is a classic dish of sliced boiled potatoes, small round slices of octopus, paprika, sea salt and olive oil, generally served as a heartier tapa. It comes from Galicia, the northwestern corner of Spain and one of Spain’s culinary centers, especially known for its seafood. We’re cheating a bit with this recipe as we’re using tinned octopus instead of preparing the octopus ourselves, but in our opinion it works beautifully and well.

Gambas Al Ajillo (Spanish Shrimp with Garlic)

Gambas Al Ajillo (Spanish Shrimp with Garlic)

A Spanish tapas classic, Gambas Al Ajillo, is a regular feature on our menu here at Spanish Pig. Not only are they a must-have as part of a tapas spread, but they are also great for a quick, healthy and simple dinner. Delicious served with some crusty bread for dipping in the garlicky oil and a crunchy green salad on the side.

Spanish Artichoke Heart and White Bean Dip

Spanish Artichoke Heart and White Bean Dip

A quick and easy dip you can whip up in under 10 minutes. Think of it as something you might use instead of hummus. This dip is great to make ahead, keeps well in the fridge and is perfect for lunches or entertaining. Plus it’s vegan!

Serve with raw veggies, crackers or crusty baguette – it’s always a hit and kids like it too.

Bellota Ham. The King of Hams.

Bellota Ham. The King of Hams.

Jamón ibérico is a culinary treasure from Spain which originates exclusively from the meat of black-hoofed Iberian pigs. The finest of all Jamón Ib...

Romesco - How to Make and Serve this Versatile Spanish Sauce

Romesco - How to Make and Serve this Versatile Spanish Sauce

Romesco is a tomato-based sauce that was created in Cataluña by the local fishermen to be eaten with fish. Some say its origins are Roman, while ot...

The Joy of a Simple Spanish Mixed Salad (Ensalada Mixta)

The Joy of a Simple Spanish Mixed Salad (Ensalada Mixta)

Eating healthy need not be boring and flavourless. In Spain, a salad always seems to make its way to the table for lunch or dinner. Whether dining ...

Meatballs the Spanish Way: Serrano Ham, Lemon and Green Olive Meatball Recipe

Meatballs the Spanish Way: Serrano Ham, Lemon and Green Olive Meatball Recipe

Meatballs, or albondigas, are a popular Spanish dish and are thought to have originated as a Berber or Arab dish imported to Spain during the perio...

Christmas Food in Spain

Christmas Food in Spain

Christmas in Spain is all about the amazing food, with every region having their own gourmet traditions.  These three, however, are sure to make an appearance on most Spanish Christmas Eve dinners.

Brunch the Spanish Way

Brunch the Spanish Way

We all love a good brunch and unsurprisingly Spaniards even use the word themselves. While we often look to bacon to pack a flavourful punch to our...

Spain; The Greatest Producer of Olive Oil in the World.

Spain; The Greatest Producer of Olive Oil in the World.

Did you know that nearly 50% of the World’s olive oils are produced in Spain, making it the World’s largest exporter of extra virgin olive oil? Ama...

Morcilla: A Bloody Good Sausage

Morcilla: A Bloody Good Sausage

 Morcilla dates back to the Middle Ages and is now an established part of Iberian Cuisine. Historically, the word morcilla was simply referred to a...

Cantabrian Anchovies: The best in the World.

Cantabrian Anchovies: The best in the World.

When hearing the word “anchovy” we often think of that sad grey thing on pizzas and disliked by so many people. Cantabrian anchovies are vastly dif...