In Spain, breakfast is a very important meal. It’s a time to enjoy good food with family and friends, and start the day off right. Here are some tips to help you cook a Spanish breakfast that will impress your guests.
Decide what you want to serve in your Spanish breakfast;
The first step is to decide what you want to serve. There are many foods that make a good Spanish breakfast, but the most common ones are:
These specialities must be consumed cooked; they can be fried or boiled in wine. Morcilla is made with pig’s blood and spices, and it comes already cooked, so it just needs to be fried or boiled in wine. Black pudding is made of pig’s blood and flour, and also comes already cooked – all you need to do is fry it.
sometimes also called white purée. This dish consists of different kinds of beans, like white beans or butter beans, cooked with bacon, chorizo, morcilla, and/or black pudding. It is usually served along with the blood sausages and black pudding.
fried all together for a scrambled eggs dish ( revueltos ), fried one by one as omelettes ( tortillas de patatas ). These are popular because they can be eaten at any time of day, but they also go well with the other dishes mentioned above.
Grilled meats Like chorizo, longaniza, morcilla, serrano ham, cured loin… The best way to eat them is to wrap the meat around some bread. A number of recipes exist for this kind of toast: tostada de chorizo is a simple but delicious dish made with chorizo and bread; you can also find more elaborate recipes, like the famous Spanish tortilla de patatas (potato omelette) that is wrapped in ham.
Coffee ( café con leche , cortado , milk coffee : leche merengada ). This is usually served along with one of the above snacks – just pick whatever you want.
Prepare the dishes
Next, you need to prepare the dishes.
If you want to make revueltos, then crack and beat the eggs in a bowl; grate or chop the ingredients that will be combined with them – like ham, cheese, or chives – and stir everything together until well mixed. Fry the mixture on a heated pan using some olive oil (or butter) and cook it slowly (so it doesn’t get burned or stick to the bottom of the pan). You can also use another cooking fat if you want: coconut fat is especially good for this dish as it provides a similar texture as animal fats used in traditional recipes. Remember to turn them over only once so they cook properly on both sides.
For black pudding and morcilla, the process is exactly the same. If you want them to stay around, skewer them on a toothpick and hold them while frying them.
For white beans stew, chop some bacon and cook it in olive oil with two garlic cloves (minced) until the bacon gets browned. Add some pre-cooked morcilla or black pudding, chopped into small pieces, and some spices: salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Stir for some time and add some white wine; after it evaporates add water and bring everything to a boil. Once boiling starts, add the soaked but un-drained beans along with some more ham or fried chorizo or salami. Cook again until they are ready approximately an hour – stirring occasionally.
For the tostada de chorizo, it is best if you use a very thin bread (like Mexican tortillas) because its consistency works well with the crunchy texture of this dish. Slice your thick slice of bread and toast them in the oven until they get crispy. Meanwhile, fry some chorizo chunks in olive oil until they get browned and set aside. Once your slices of bread are all toasty and crispy, spread some white beans along with a bit of cheese on top and add your fried chorizo pieces. Add salt and pepper for seasoning and serve them while hot!
how to serve
There are a few different ways to serve a fancy Spanish breakfast. You can either prepare all the ingredients separately and have your guests build their own breakfast tacos, or you can prepare the tacos ahead of time and just heat them up before serving.
Cooking a fancy Spanish breakfast may seem daunting, but with these tips, it can be easy and fun. We’ve given you some recipes to get started, but feel free to experiment with your own combinations. Once you have the basics down, you can add your own flair and make this breakfast uniquely your own. Buen provecho!