An Overview Of Traditional Spanish Food

Spanish cuisine is known and loved all around the world. Traditional Spanish cuisine is uncomplicated and straightforward. Dishes are usually made from fresh, locally-grown ingredients, with many of them harvested in season. Many Spanish dishes served today use the same preparations, cooking techniques, and ingredients as they did a couple of hundred years ago.

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Rich History

Spanish culture is a mix of different identities and characteristics, being a country formed from the union of several unique regions with distinct cultures, traditions, and cuisines. Over the centuries, other cultures have also made their contributions to the overall personality of Spanish food, shaping it into what it is today. Being a popular cuisine that many enjoy, most people agree that Spanish dishes are simple, yet flavorsome.

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Staple Ingredients

While every Spanish dish is unique and has distinct properties, there are several staple ingredients found in many dishes. Rice, ham, eggs, garlic, onions, cheese, and most notably, olive oil are often used in Spanish cuisine. These ingredients are found in the most popular dishes such as paella, gazpacho, and croquettes.

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Techniques and Methods

Spanish food is prepared using a variety of methods. Dishes are stewed, roasted, fried, grilled, or baked. The right cooking method is always applied to make sure that each dish is great tasting and authentic.

Here at Clara’s Cuisine, our goal is to provide Mount Union’s residents and visitors with the best that Spanish and Latin American food has to offer. Our commitment to authenticity ensures that every dish will give you a taste of its rich cultural history.

Whatever dish appeals to your appetite, you can be sure that each recipe makes the most out of every quality local ingredient. If you’re somewhere in Central Pennsylvania, check out Clara’s Cuisine’s Latin American restaurant. Our menu offers a wide range of delicious farm-to-table Spanish dishes that will surely leave you refreshed, delighted, and satisfied. Visit us today or click here for online ordering.