13 Old-School Spanish Recipes Your Grandma Used to Make
If you grew up on authentic paella and pan con tomate (and washed it all down with fresh, homemade churros), it was probably your Spanish grandma in the kitchen, just waiting to fill your belly with the next meal. Feeling nostalgic for the food your abuela used to make? Look no further than these 13 old-school Spanish recipes.
1. 15-Minute Gazpacho with Cucumber, Red Pepper and Basil
Sounds too good to be true, right? It’s actually not: This traditional Spanish chilled soup requires zero cooking time and takes 15 minutes to whip up in a blender.
2. Cheater’s Skillet Paella
Don’t tell Abuela, but we took some liberties with this hearty rice dish. Our version is a one-pan wonder and takes way less time to make, because we want to have our paella and eat it too.
3. Catalan Tomato Bread
Where the Italians have bruschetta, the Spanish have pan con tomate (or pa amb tomàquet in Catalan). This impossibly simple tapa is light, flavorful and calls for just five ingredients—genius.
4. Mini Spanish Tortilla with Zucchini
Your grandma might’ve served these potato omelets (aka tortilla de patatas) full-size, but you can make this mini version whenever you want to reminisce—no sharing required.
5. Churro Bites with Chocolate Sauce
Served with piping hot chocolate sauce for dipping? Yep, this is what happiness tastes like.
6. Spanish Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo)
Hello, ten-minute dinner. Serve these guys with crusty bread to soak up the garlicky, buttery sauce.
7. Spanish Chicken and Rice
Spanish chorizo, crispy chicken thighs and tender rice to absorb all the seasoning? Abuela would wholeheartedly approve. (Thanks, Coterie member Heidi Larsen.)
8. Spanish Chickpea Stew (Espinacas con Garbanzos)
This hearty dish may look simple; it tastes anything but. With garlic, vinegar and paprika, it has plenty of flavor to go around.
9. Easy Traditional Red Sangria
It was the adult beverage when you were a kid, and now you can make it at home. Use a dry Spanish wine and whatever fruit your heart desires.
10. Crudités with Romesco Sauce
Every good Spanish spread should include romesco sauce—use store-bought roasted red peppers to put it together in record timing.
11. Simple Patatas Bravas
These crispy potatoes and accompanying spicy sauce have our name written all over them. They’re often served with a traditional aioli, but this version’s romesco sauce is so easy.
12. Bocadillo Bites
Grab a crunchy baguette and fill these bite-size sandwiches to the brim, then serve them at your next cocktail party or pack them up for a picnic. Abuela would be so proud.
13. Coffee, Cinnamon and Muscovado Sugar Flan
Presenting a modern twist on the sweet, creamy dessert you crave. They’re small; have two.