Spain is famous for its delicious satisfying cuisine, with certain dishes in particular. Paella, gazpacho, flan, to name a few. But there are so many other wonderful dishes, many including shrimp or other seafood. This is a favorite featuring shrimp in a rich tomato sauce, spiced up with red chili pepper. It sounds wonderful!
Since their schedule is quite different from the usual American schedule, this main dish is usually served mid-day.
They begin their day with a breakfast of coffee and pastries, perhaps somewhat later than our breakfast. Between 1 and 2 pm appetizers are served, following a lunch that might include a shrimp dish like this one.
Late afternoon or early evening a snack is served such as a sandwich or pastries.
Appetizers then a light dinner served around 10:30 or 11 is normal.
That seems such an unusual time for a meal to me since that is bedtime. Isn’t that what makes other cultures fascinating to study? Ideally, we should each spend a few weeks in another country to enjoy their routine. Do they too include a siesta in their day, I wonder? Do they wake up later than we usually do here in the States?
The relaxation that comes with these scheduled meals is something we could surely come to long for and appreciate.
This recipe was found in the Prescott Valley Tribune February 10th, 1999. It is considered an authentic Spanish dish. It sounds a little easier and as every bit as tasty as the traditional Paella.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 teaspoon flour
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ¼ cup tomato sauce
- ¼ cup dry white wine
- ¼ cup clam juice
- ½ dried, seeded red chili pepper
- ¼ teaspoon thyme
- ½ bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- salt and pepper
- a pinch of sugar
- 1 pound medium raw shrimp, shelled or unshelled
- Heat 1 tablespoon of oil.
- Add garlic and onion.
- stir in flour and paprika.
- Add remaining ingredients, EXCEPT for shrimp, simmer 20 minutes.
- While that simmers, in a separate skillet heat 1 tablespoon oil.
- Add shrimp, cooking until shrimp is pink.
- Add shrimp to the tomato mixture.
- Cook an additional 5 minutes then serve.