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Spanish Comfort Food Favorites

January 24, 2013

I have been seriously hankering for Spain these past few weeks: the Prado, Antoni Gaudí's mind-bending architecture, the Galician countryside, the Pyrenees, flamenco, and of course, the food. I fell in love with the country when I spent my junior year abroad in beautiful Barcelona, and I've been lucky enough to have returned many times since. Thing is, I haven't been back in about five years, and unfortunately I don't foresee a trip in the near future (though the country could certainly use some tourist dollars). What's a Spain-deprived gal to do? Cook, of course! Though Spanish cuisine varies wildly across the country--and there's much to love in all the different regions--what I'm craving nowadays is what I think of as good old-fashioned Spanish comfort food. I'm talking simple, rustic, homey dishes like garlic soup, arroz a la Cubana (a basic yet wholly satisfying dish of white rice, tomato sauce, and a fried egg--and yes, it's Spanish, not Cuban), paella, pan con tomate (grilled bread rubbed with tomato and garlic), patatas bravas, and, finally, that tapas bar mainstay, Tortilla Española (a.k.a. tortilla de patata, or potato-onion omelet). Last week I made a Tortilla Española, and it was so flavorful (thanks to a long, slow cook in lots of olive oil, the traditional method) and soul-nourishing that I'm making it again this week. Here are a few more recipes for comfort foods that bring me right back to Spain: Catalan Tomato Bread Garlic Chicken Chickpeas with Spinach Barcelona-Style Rice Potato Croquetas with Saffron Alioli Malaga Almond Gazpacho Almond Cake What's your favorite comfort food from Spain? (Photo: Condé Nast Archive)

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