Cooking has always been one of my favorite pastimes. However, for many years, my cooking skills were limited only to those dishes that I was used to eating on a regular basis. A few years ago I decided to expand my horizons and challenged myself to learn a new dish from around the world each week. I am proud to say that I completed that challenge and learned a lot along the way. Today, I have decided to start this blog as a way to not only honor my accomplishment, but to share with the rest of the world everything that I learned about international cuisine.
Spanish food is delicious and varied, but as with most cuisines, there are dishes that stand up to takeout, and others that do not. It is important to keep this in mind when ordering takeout from a Spanish restaurant. You don't want to order a dish that arrives soggy or dry after being in a takeout package for a half hour. Here are four dishes that do stand up to takeout conditions and should arrive delicious and appealing.
Spanish tortilla, also known as tortilla de patatas, is more like an omelette than the tortillas you might be more used to eating. It is made from a mixture of whipped eggs and chopped potatoes, sometimes with additional ingredients like onions and chorizo. Tortilla stands up well to takeout conditions and is delicious even when it is at room temperature. In fact, the dish is best when it sits a little while after being made as this allows the flavors to meld together, and the time it takes your food to get to your home tends to be just about the right amount of resting time.
Olivos are simply olives. However, when you order olivos from a Spanish restaurant, you are getting more than a bowl of standard olives. They are typically stuffed with an array of ingredients, which vary between restaurants. Each restaurant has its own signature olive stuffing. Olivos are typically ordered as a shared tapa, or appetizer, in Spain, and they travel well, making them a great appetizer choice when you order Spanish takeout.
Carrillada is a stewed dish, like many popular Spanish dishes. It is made with either beef or pork cheeks, depending on the region and the chef's preferences. The meat is immersed in a delicious sauce made from onions, tomatoes, and peppers. This sauce keeps the meat moist and tender, even if it has to travel a few minutes to reach your home as a takeout order.
Pan Tumaca is a dish made from bread, olive oil, and tomato spread. It is sort of like a simple, Spanish version of pizza. It is typically consumed as a side dish, and since it is served at room temperature, you do not have to worry about it cooling down en route when you order it as a takeout dish.
Contact a restaurant that offers Spanish food takeout to learn more about the available dishes.Share