Spain’s prized pure-bred black Iberian pigs roam the hills of oak groves in Andalusia, eating grass and roots, and foraging for fallen acorns. The result is a rich, nutty flavor and distinct marbling that holds a particular place of honor on the Spanish table and found on our menu.
Think: a sexier French toast that doubles down on richness. Amp up your weekend breakfast routine or hosting repertoire with this mouth-watering dish (that easily doubles as dessert). However, note that making this dish is not for the faint of heart – its final touch requires a hand-held blowtorch to produce a perfectly caramelized exterior.
Ensalada de Cogollos
This “Catalonian Cesar” features a dressing created by thinning our thick Romesco sauce with olive oil and sherry vinegar. Romaine leaves are coated in the rich, nutty dressing and hidden under a cloud of smoky Idiazabal cheese. We toss on confetti of torn mint leaves and crushed hazelnuts to add some crunch and fresh notes.
Anatomy of a Paella
No Spanish dish captures the imagination more than paella. Everything about it feels exotic: the wide, shallow pan; the saffron-laced rice; the head-on shrimp, clams, and mussels. But to a Spaniard, it’s comfort food—a communal dish to be shared with friends and family.
Holiday Recipes: Paella de Mariscos
A communal dish perfect for sharing at family gatherings is one of our favorite holiday dishes, especially when loaded with succulent head-on shrimp and a variety of briny shellfish.
From the Boqueria Cookbook
Prep: 45 minutes
Total: 1.75 hours
4 cups Lobster Stock
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more if needed
4 ounces monkfish or cod, cut into 1⁄2-inch slices
6 large shell-on, head-on shrimp, preferably red shrimp
1/2 pound cuttlefish, cut into 1/2-inch dice
7 ounces squid bodies and tentacles, bodies cut into 1⁄2-inch rings
3 tablespoons Sofrito
3 tablespoons Picada
1 1⁄2 cups Bomba rice
12 mussels, beards removed, cleaned well (discard any that have opened)
12 manila clams or cockles, scrubbed well (discard any that have opened) kosher salt
freshly ground black
Bring the lobster stock to a boil in a large saucepan.