Recipes from Spain \

Vegetable Tortilla from Murcia



Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place the eggplant on a baking sheet and toss with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Bake 15 minutes, until softened and browned. Remove from the heat.

Heat the remaining oil over medium heat in a 10- or 12-inch nonstick skillet, and add the onion and green pepper. Cook, stirring, until they soften and begin to color, about 10 minutes. Add the eggplant and zucchini and cook, stirring, until the zucchini softens and begins to color, about 8 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, add the tomato, parsley, and salt to taste, and cook, stirring often, until the mixture begins to thicken, 3 to 5 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Preheat the broiler. Beat the eggs until frothy and season with a scant 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Turn the heat in the pan to medium-high and pour in the eggs. Shake the pan and lift the edges of the eggs as they set, tilting the pan to distribute them and let them run underneath the mixture. When the eggs have just about set, transfer the pan to the preheated broiler, about 3 inches from the heat. Leave under the broiler until the top of the tortilla is set, then remove from the heat and allow to cool in the pan, then slide onto a plate or platter. Cut into wedges and serve.

Roasted-Vegetable Filled Crepes with Red Pepper Coulis



Red Pepper Coulis:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a mixing bowl, coat vegetables with olive oil. Add salt and pepper, to taste, and chopped garlic. Toss and place on baking sheet. Roast until very golden brown, about 20 to 30 minutes. Cool. Add cheese, parsley and basil.

Sift flour, baking powder and salt and pepper together and slowly whisk in milk. If batter is still a little thick, dilute with a bit more milk. Heat a small saute pan and lightly oil it (or use spray). Place a small amount of batter (about 1/4 cup) and swirl it around in pan to cover bottom. When bottom is cooked, the edges will be a little brown. Remove and flip, then let cool on tray. Make 12 crepes.

Melt butter; add flour, then chicken broth. Add red peppers and garlic. Simmer 30 minutes. Pour hot mixture into blender and blend until smooth to make red pepper sauce.

Heat crepes in oven. Spoon filling mixture into center of each crepe; fold into a triangle shape. In hot saute pan, lightly saute until golden. Place 2 crepes per individual serving on each plate, ladle sauce on top. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Crema Catalana



Special equipment: 10 (5-ounce) ramekins

In a medium saucepan, bring the milk, orange zest, cinnamon sticks, and salt to a boil then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes to infuse flavors. In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the 1 cup of sugar until pale and fluffy. Whisk the cornstarch with 1/2 cup water to make a slurry and whisk until thoroughly combined.

Remove and discard the orange zest and cinnamon sticks from the milk. Whisking constantly, gradually add the milk to the egg yolk mixture. Return the mixture to the saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly to thicken, about 3 to 5 minutes. Strain the custard into a large bowl and whisk in the vanilla. Divide the custard between 10 (5-ounce) ramekins and smooth the surfaces. Cool the custards slightly, then cover the ramekins with the plastic wrap and refrigerate them until the custard is cold, at least 8 or up to 24 hours

To serve the crema catalana, sprinkle each ramekin evenly with 2 teaspoons of sugar. Use a kitchen torch to melt and caramelize the sugar until browned and crusty. Serve immediately.

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