Poultry & Pork

Una Noche en Espana

Bizcocho de Limon

Not too long ago, the taste of Europe was brought to life at a small dinner party for a few of our friends.  If we can’t be in Spain, might as well bring Spain to us.  Tapas parties are a great way to spice up the usual potluck affair.  The variety of dishes is endless, and the combinations of flavors are unforgettable.   There are a few things that must always be on hand for a proper tapas party–paella is one of them.  Sangria is another.  Oh, and a little something sweet to finish it off.  Like a bit of cake.  But it’s not good to have dessert before dinner, so cake will have to wait.

Many paellas are studded with seafood gems like mussels and shrimp.  Or there are land versions with chicken and chorizo.  There are as many variations as there are Spanish towns–they differ by region and also family tradition.  The one thing they have in common is rice–a short grain rice that soaks up moisture.  Calasparra and Bomba are preferred if you can find them.  Our local grocers only had arborio, which is a fine substitute.  The cake is a dense, spongecake with a light lemon flavor.  And it’s not overly sweet, which makes it a great companion for fruits.  And maybe a bit more sangria.  We’re sending the cake recipe right over to Sandy for the Bake Your Own Bread (BYOB) Challenge.

Chicken Paella

Chicken Paella – Serves 8-10
1 pound chicken breast tenders
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
14 ounces chicken broth
14 ounces diced tomatoes
2-2 1/2 cups arborio rice
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup parsley
Olive oil
Kosher salt
Saffron (8-10 threads)
1 1/2 cups water

1.  Pour a bit of olive oil in a very wide and deep pan.  Cook chicken until juices run clear, approximately 5-8 minutes.  Remove from pan and set aside.

2.  Add onions, garlic, bell peppers and tomatoes.  Cook down until soft, approximately 8-10 minutes.

3.  Add chicken broth, canned tomatoes, rice and saffron.   Cover and allow to simmer, approximately 15 minutes.  (Check halfway through and pour in one cup of water.  Add a bit more if needed.)

4.  Add frozen peas and half of parsley and fold into rice.   Continue cooking on low until peas are warm, approximately 5-10 minutes.

5.  Upon serving, sprinkle with remaining parsley.  Salt to taste.

Bizcocho de Limon 2

Bizcocho de Límon – Serves 16-20
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
8 ounces lemon yogurt
½ cup of grapeseed oil
1 cup milk
3 cups self-rising flour
Zest and juice of 1 lemon

1.  In electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar in a bowl until creamy.

2.  Add the yogurt and oil.  Continue to mix.

3.  In a small bowl, sift flour with lemon zest.  Add flour and milk slowly to wet ingredients in electric mixing bowl, alternating between the two.

4.  Poor into a buttered and floured fluted tube pan. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 45 -55 minutes.

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46 thoughts on “Una Noche en Espana

  1. The chicken Paella is my next chicken dish and the lemon cake is my next non-chocolate cake. I’m seriously drooling. No kidding 🙂

  2. i agree w/ the fun factor of tapas (and spain – if you read our blog you know how obsessed we are w/ spain!)… but this lemon cake. hells yeah. looks light and so delish!

  3. I love the cake. Tapas are amazing, but there are some great Spanish sweets that get short shrift in the face of paella or chorizo and the like. So well done!

  4. That cake looks amazing! I’ve only ever had seafood paella before (which I love), but it’s good to see something different as I am landlocked here.

  5. See, I got totally distracted by the bizcocho. I’d like some of that now. With the strawberries. And is that a mint leaf? In which case I’ll have that too 🙂

  6. Hello hello! Oh my such yumminess again… Especially I added your Chicken Paella recipe to my “I should learn it!” list in mind. Such colorful and inviting. Aww by the way, I’ve seen you featured on FB front page; I felt proud of you =)

  7. That chicken paella looks fantastic. I love different recipes of rice. And I just don’t mention Bizcocho de Límon, seems yummy.

  8. I think it’s totally fine to have cake before dinner. Just call it a new type of appetizer. 😉

  9. Out of all the countries, Spain has been my favorite to visit so far. All of that looks SO good!!!!!

    For my blog, I used a free layout service to help! Thanks for your compliments… I’m not gonna lie, I’m a vain blogger. Isn’t that awful?! I am though… I like pretty layouts and photography… that’s one of the reasons I love your blog, your photographs are always superb 🙂

  10. All that looks delicious, especially paella, love combination of flavours and I love rice dishes… of course not as much as my potatoes, he he 😉

    Enjoy your weekend, Margot

  11. When we did a Spanish party it was so fun. All the flavors were wonderful and reminded me of my time in San Sebastian. This all sounds wonderful.

  12. Can I just say thank you for the chicken paella. It is going on my to try list. Since its not overloaded with the traditional seafood, my husband will eat it.YEAH!!! Thanks again. BTW, dessert looks amazing!

  13. Huh – I’ve never thought about using arborio rice for paella! I might have to try this recipe… if I can suck it up and justify buying some saffron! 🙂

  14. Man, you guys know how to party. I’m packing my bags and heading west because I totally want in on your next shindig! Both the paella and the cake look fantastic. Beautiful shot of that cake too. Well done, Duo!

  15. yum! I can’t find Calasparra or Bomba rice near me, but I know I can find them up in LA. I’ll have to stock up on my next trip up there. The cake and paella look fabulous!

  16. That cake looks so delicious! The paella looks great too. I love making paella because it’s so versatile, and who can argue with a one pot meal?

  17. Wonderful night – noche in Spain- Espana!!
    Chicken paella looks super-tasty 🙂 with some sangria… mine paellas overall with shrimp and sea products.

    I want also to add to complete some tapas and tortilla de papa as snacks at every moment 🙂

    Delicious post!!

    Cheers for you,

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