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Spanish Classics

Spanish cuisine boasts the lively culture of its roots with simply prepared dishes featuring boldly flavored ingredients. Learn about some of the most classic dishes and how to make them at home!

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Course Details

Tutorials in this course: 15
Total viewing time: 1 hour 36 minutes
Total course time (including prep and cooking): 16 hours 15 minutes

Spanish food is both down-to-earth and vibrantly representative of the country's varied culture and terrain. Emphasizing local farm and ranch fare found in the various regions of Spain, these dishes are crafted so the ingredients themselves shine through as the stars of their straightforward and simple preparations. From succulent seafood and delicate poultry, to the earthy simplicity of juicy red tomatoes with rich olive oil, Spanish cuisine offers something to satisfy any palette. 

The following collection of tutorials highlights the essential flavors and textures of Spanish cuisine, stressing the importance of high-quality ingredients and well-balanced boldness. From street fare to fine-dining dishes, this course provides fundamental recipes and skills of traditional Spanish food, to bring a little taste of Spain into your home kitchen.

Chef Instructors

Chef Alberto Cabré

Alberto Cabré is the chef and co-owner of Casa B in Boston, where he serves Latin-inspired tapas, and leads a regular series of cooking and cocktail-making classes. After leaving his architecture career behind, Alberto ran a personal chef business before opening his own restaurant, Casa B, which emerged as a labor of love crafted by the flavors, colors, textures, and memories of his roots.

Chef Josu Zubikarai

Chef Josu Zubikarai is the executive chef of SER where he serves Spanish comfort foods with a modern perspective —food which is heavily influenced by his upbringing in Basque, Spain.

Chef Ryan Shields

Ryan Shields is the executive chef at modernist Spanish restaurant, Bullfight in Austin, Texas where he serves up thoughtfully designed tapas dishes that include a diverse variety of high quality, traditional ingredients.

Chef Roman Murphy

Roman Murphy is the executive chef at Austin eatery, Bess Bistro. His ability to create dishes that are sophisticated and uniquely his own has recently landed him recognition by Zagat on their Austin’s 30 under 30 list.

Chef Joe Anguiano

Joe Anguiano is the co-founder and executive chef of the critically acclaimed VOX Table in Austin, Texas. Joe specializes in crafting sophisticated small-plate fare that highlights local and seasonal ingredients.

Chef Geraldine Gilliland

Chef Geraldine Gilliland is the executive chef and co-owner of Lula's Cocina Mexicana and Finn McCool’s Irish Pub in Santa Monica, California. She has a James Beard nomination for her cookbook, and has been named “one of the top 6 chefs in the United States” by Bon Appetit Magazine.

Chef Fabian Gallardo

Fabian Gallardo is currently the head Chef at Petty Cash Taqueria in Los Angeles. Food & Wine awarded Petty Cash the title of Best Tacos in the United States for 2015 and Eater included the restaurant in their list of 38 Essential Restaurants in Los Angeles.

What You Need

Equipment

- Chef’s knife
- Paring knife
- Cutting board
- Mixing bowls
- Large sauté pan
- Small saucepan
- Steaming pot
- Blender
- Measuring cups
- Metal tongs
- Spoon
- Large offset spatula
- Rubber spatula
- Whisk
- Tongs
- Rolling pin
- Plastic wrap
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Pastry brush
- Pastry cutter (optional)
- 2-inch pastry cutting ring
- Mortar and pestle
- Serving plate or platter

Ingredients

- Ingredients are listed within each respective tutorial

Tutorials

Arepa With Chorizo And Colombian Farmer Cheese

Alberto Cabré
Easy

Fresh corn dough is pan-fried and filled with chorizo and cheese for a savory, Latin-inspired snack.

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Watermelon and Green Tomato Gazpacho

Roman Murphy
Easy

This colorful cold soup stradles the line between sweet and savory, making a refreshing dish that's perfect for the summer.

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Spanish Patatas Alioli Potatoes

Alberto Cabré
Easy

Coat potatoes in a creamy garlic sauce to make a quick, easy, and traditional Spanish tapas dish.

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Spanish Tortilla

Alberto Cabré
Intermediate

This traditional Spanish dish can be prepared with just a few simple ingredients, and enjoyed either warm or cold at any time of day.

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“Pan Catalan” Spanish Tomato Bread

Josu Zubikarai
Easy

This simple, traditional dish from the northeast of Spain features crusty, toasted bread topped with a mix of fresh tomatoes, tangy garlic, and parsley.

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"Patatas Bravas" Spanish Fried Potatoes

Josu Zubikarai
Easy

This popular bar food is found throughout Spain; the spiciness of the paprika and peppers give these potatoes their designation as “brava,” or brave.

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Hazelnut Romesco Sauce

Ryan Shields
Intermediate

This classic northern Spanish nut and pepper sauce is great with grilled fish and meat or on top of grilled veggies.

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Spanish Chorizo

Alberto Cabré
Easy

This simple, rustic Spanish chorizo dish pairs perfectly with crusty bread and a glass of sangria.

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A Basic Overview of Texas Quail

Joe Anguiano
Intermediate

“These birds are amazing; for being so tiny, they have an impact of flavor”

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Ground Beef Empanadas

Alberto Cabré
Intermediate

Flaky pastry dough is stuffed with a flavorful beef and vegetable filling, making a perfect finger food for any party.

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Chicken and Ham Croquettes

Josu Zubikarai
Intermediate

These creamy morsels, a popular dish for Spanish mothers to make with their children, are created by deep-frying thickened béchamel sauce dotted with chicken and Serrano ham.

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Texas Quail with Serrano Ham

Ryan Shields
Intermediate

Delicate quail is stuffed with bright parsley and wrapped in salty Serrano ham for an elegant dish that is sure to impress.

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How to Make a Classic Green Corn Tamale

Geraldine Gilliland
Intermediate

"This is the most popular tamale that we serve at Lula. It's simple green corn and can be made at any time of the year."

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Traditional Spanish Octopus Picadillo

Josu Zubikarai
Intermediate

This wonderfully fresh octopus picadillo, made in the traditional Spanish style, is an homage to quality ingredients and simple preparation.

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Traditional Cinnamon and Sugar Churros

Fabian Gallardo
Intermediate

This churro recipe kicks the classic dessert up a notch with hints of vanilla and a beautiful chocolate dipping sauce.

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