Bollit (sometimes known as hervido) is a simple Valencian stew that is typically served as a side dish for dinner. The basic version is usually prepared with a combination of potatoes, onions, carrots, green beans, oil, and vinegar, but due to the fact that there are numerous variations and recipes for bollit, vegetables such as artichokes, chard, and cauliflower are sometimes also added to the stew.
Puchero canario is a traditional stew hailing from the Canary Islands. The recipe usually varies from cook to cook and place to place, but it's typically made with chunks of meat (pork, chicken), chorizo sausages, fat, chickpeas, corn, green beans, carrots, cabbage, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, potatoes, courgettes, and pears.
The stew is often seasoned with a combination of garlic, cumin, and saffron near the end of cooking, giving it tons of additional flavor. When served, puchero canario is often accompanied by oil and vinegar on the side so that each diner can add them according to personal preferences.
Berenjenas con miel, which translates as eggplants with honey, is one of the most popular dishes in Córdoba, and it is also found in other parts of Andalusia. The dish consists of slices or strips of eggplant that are battered and fried, and traditionally come served drizzled with honey and sprinkled with sesame seeds.
In Córdoba, the dish is usually served with thick and dark molasses, known as miel de caña. Because of the unusual combination of sweet and savory flavors, the origin of the dish is associated with Moorish influences in the region.
Samfaina is a Spanish dish that is closely related to the French ratatouille. Originating from Catalonia, samfaina is made with eggplants, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and olive oil. Of course, there are as many variations as there are cooks, so some prefer to add garlic or roast the peppers before making the dish.
Samfaina is both a sauce and a side dish, and nowadays, it can even be served on its own as a vegetarian dish. When served as a sauce or a side dish, it usually accompanies meat, rice, or fish (especially cod). The name of the dish means symphony, possibly referring to the symphony of various vegetables and flavors.
Lacón con grelos is one of the most famous Galician meat dishes, made with turnip greens and ham hock as the main ingredients. They are boiled together, and the dish is then traditionally served with potatoes and sausages. This hearty meat dish is usually prepared and consumed during winter.
Tombet is a traditional Mallorcan vegetable dish consisting of baked layers of aubergines, red bell peppers, and potatoes which have previously been fried in olive oil. When served, tombet is typically topped with a combination of fried tomatoes, garlic, and parsley.
Visually, when presented, the dish looks like a crustless pie. Although tombet is usually served as a main vegetarian dish, it can also be used as an accompaniment to fish or meat. Nowadays, it is available at most Mallorcan restaurants.
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Patatas a lo pobre is a simple Andalusian side dish made with peeled and sliced potatoes, onions, red and green peppers, garlic, wine vinegar, and olive oil. The ingredients are fried in olive oil, and the pan is then covered with a lid in order for the vegetables to steam in their own juices.
The ingredients are stirred, then served immediately, ideally as an accompaniment to various meat dishes. The name of the dish means poor man’s potatoes, referring to the fact that patatas a lo pobre is a simple and inexpensive, yet extremely tasty meal.
Espinacas con garbanzos is a nutritious Andalusian dish made with spinach and chickpeas as the main ingredients. There are many recipes and version of this vegetarian dish, but it is most commonly flavored with garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, paprika, vinegar, and cumin.
Espinacas con garbanzos is served piping hot during the colder months in Spain, often with a wedge of fried bread on the side.
Pisto is a traditional Spanish dish from La Mancha, consisting of a variety of cooked and fried vegetables such as tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and courgettes. It is very similar to the famous ratatouille. The dish can be served cold as a starter, or warm as a side dish.
It is believed that pisto was introduced to Spain by the Moors, who used to call it alboronia. There are also numerous variations of pisto, with added ingredients such as potatoes, pumpkin, or ham.
Escalivada is one of the most famous dishes from the Catalonia region of Spain, but it is also one of the simplest. The main ingredients include eggplants, bell peppers, and sometimes onions and tomatoes, typically grilled whole over hot embers.
The vegetables are then peeled, seeded, seasoned, and served as appetizers or side dishes, accompanying numerous roasted or grilled meat dishes and complementing each other. The name of the dish is derived from the word escalivar, meaning to roast over embers, to grill, or to roast in ashes.
It is believed that the first escalivada was prepared by farmers from the Pyrenees mountains, who would prepare the meal while the cattle was out on the pastures.