As Christmas carols and decorations fill brick and mortar shopping centers everywhere you go, these tell tale signs point to the holidays coming right around the corner. One of the biggest celebrations in holiday tradition is gathering together with family and friends and more importantly — food. Bringing people together around the table, everything from snacks and appetizers to lunches and fancy dinners, food is quintessential holiday tradition. Cooking delicious eats is not an easy task, but have no fear. Today, Pedro J Torres is giving you classic Spanish recipes that are perfect for this time of year.
A traditional Latino drink is Horchata. Made from rice milk and/or almond milk, Horchata gives a sweet, creamy taste with a slight popping flavor of cinnamon and vanilla. While this is typically served cold and is used for as a refreshment during the hot summer days, Americans love the taste of cinnamon in the winter. At your next holiday party, you can serve this recipe warmed, or with ice for a cooler drink as the heat of people gathering tends to get stuffy.
Having many various to this recipe, you can certainly pick and chose which one you think you would like best. Your primary ingredients will still remain as:
- Rice/Almond milk
Sometimes you’ll need condensed milk or something more sugary to give it that sweet, creamy flavor.
Lemon Olive Oil Cake
The best thing about olive oil cakes that separates them from among other cakes is their pure moist and citrusy flavor. A lemon olive oil cake has bursting flavors of zest but are fairly simple to make. With your choice, you can serve this dish as a side, or even as a dessert for your holiday get together. The primary ingredients for this are:
- Cake flour
- Greek yogurt
While various are expected between different recipes you find, this one from Spanish Sabores is a great one to go with if you’ve never made an olive oil cake before.
Jamon, Queso, y Chorizo
Ham, cheese, and chorizo, a spanish meat sausage, make for a great plate display on your table. This is one of the easy eats you can whip together for your holiday party. You can lay the ham, cheese, and chorizo out on a plate, or can you simply keep all of them separate in their own bowls. If you want really want to add to this recipe, you can accompany it with homemade bread fresh out of the oven. They’ll you’ll be serving Jamon, Queso, y Chorizo con Pan.
In the spanish culture, this is known as a “Tapa” which means a small dish much like appetizers that’s made for easy pickings.