After reading Spanish Sabores' 13 Spanish Food to Warm You Up This Winter, I decided to share with you the recipe for another classic stew that isn't mentioned in that post but is definitely a favorite of Spanish families: lentejas.
This dish is usually enjoyed as a first course for lunch during the winter months. It is savory, easy-to-make and also full of nutrients, therefore its popularity: every family in Spain has its own version of it. Most are variations of the classic lentejas a la riojana, which includes pancetta and lard among its ingredients.
As an expat, I know well that some traditional ingredients aren't easy to find outside of Spain, so for simplicity's sake, I have created my own recipe with stuff I can find at my local grocery store (soooo glad that chorizo has become popular in the US so I don't have to give it up!)
My recipe is as tasty and heartwarming as the original—and it only takes one hour to make, so get ready to enjoy this hearty, authentically-Spanish meal!
Did you make this recipe? Let me know how it went in the comments!
Chocolate con churros is a traditional, and very genuine, dessert that is usually eaten for breakfast or as an afternoon snack, and specially popular during the cold winter months.
Eating churros for breakfast has been a custom in Madrid, Spain's capital, since the early 1800s. Around 1920 it was combined with chocolate (which had been a privilege of the wealthy until that moment) for the first time, and the mouth-watering pair was born. Nowadays, chocolate con churros has spread to other countries, such as Mexico, Argentina and Venezuela.
Spanish hot chocolate is made with milk, instead of water, which gives it its characteristic thickness. It is served at high temperatures (75-85ºC) in a porcelain mug, together with a serving of freshly made churros (approximately 6-8). The churros are dipped in the hot chocolate, and once they're gone the remaining chocolate is left to cool off a bit before drinking.
The most famous place to eat chocolate con churros in Madrid is Chocolatería San Ginés, which is close to Puerta del Sol. It is customary among young people to have breakfast here in the wee hours of the morning after a long night out.