Keep It Simple on the 4th of July

Iberian Embutidos     

Spanish Table Seattle Newsletter                                                              June 30, 2011 

Millions of people will serve perritos calientes (hot dogs) on the 4th of July. Why not take your dogs up a notch by serving an assortment of grilled embutidos? Our favorite Iberian style sausages include Despana brand Chorizo, La Española Butifarra, and Barcelos Linguiça. All told we offer 16 different grilling sausages between The Spanish Table and our Paris Grocery store, just two doors away. An excellent side dish with perritos calientes is my own “Spanglished” Potato Salad (see recipe below).

BEVERAGES FOR THE 4TH   

I simply can’t get enough fresh rosé in the summer and that’s what I’ll be sipping on the 4th of July. Admittedly, I’ve gone a bit crazy ordering them because each one tastes better than the last!  Here at Spanish Table, we’ve got 17 different dry rosados to choose from and two doors away at Paris Grocery, there are (gasp!) an astounding 34 French rosésVisit us to pick up the pink stuff!      

If beer is your beverage of choice, we’ve got the best selection of Portuguese and Spanish cervezas in the city, especially since a few new brands came on the market. From Spain, we currently stock Estrella Damm, Estrella Daura (gluten free beer), Estrella Galicia, Estrella Inedit, Alhambra Lager, Alhambra Negra, Ambar (NEW). We also carry Sagres and Sagres Bohemia, Mikate Lager and Tagus (NEW) from Portugal, Casa Beer from Morocco, Jerome Beer from Argentina, and Laziza non alcoholic beer

NEW ON THE BOOKSHELF: 

Plancha, 150 Great Recipes for Spanish-Style Grilling by Liliane Otal  ($21.00) This is simple cooking at its best, with grilled vegetable and seafood recipes that take only 5 to 10 minutes to prepare.

The Food of Spain by Claudia Roden ($39.99) 588 pages of pictures, vignettes and recipes, both classics and little-known dishes.   My next must-try recipe is the pork loin cooked in milk with caramel. 

Turkish Bakery Delight by Deniz Göktürk Akçakanat ($24.95)  The food in Turkey is all-around magnificent and the savory baked goods such as Filo rolls filled with Spinach and Feta  made an excellent breakfast. The assortment of sweet cakes and breads filled with nuts, fruit and honey were not bad either.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentices by Lisa Abend ($26.00) details Ferran Adriá’s unique system of running the kitchen at elBulli using apprentice chefs who sometimes camp on the doorstep until they are hired. 

 “Spanglished” Potato Salad 

One day we were headed to a party where The Spanish Table’s reputation for producing Spanish flavored foods would be at stake.  I updated Mom’s potato salad recipe by substituting alioli for mayo, pimentón for black pepper and by adding piquillo pepper strips. In a dire emergency, you can actually gussy up store-bought potato salad by mixing in the pinch of pimentón and chopped piquillo peppers.

3 cups Potatoes, boiled and cubed

1 tablespoon Minced sweet onion

½ teaspoon Fine ground Spanish sea salt

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

½ teaspoon Sweet, smoked pimentón

¾ cup Alioli

½ cup Piquillo pepper strips, roughly chopped

½ dozen Caperberries, sliced, for garnish (optional)

Pinch Salt

 Mix ingredients. Taste and adjust ingredients to your personal preference.

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