Something for the Weekend: Cooking Spain
July 20, 2012 in Something for the Weekend
I’ve chosen this dish for a weekend because it´s a versatile dish. It can be used to feed a crowd and also can be part of a sophisticated meal as a side dish or first course. It´s easy to prepare, we usually have the ingredients in the kitchen and also other ingredients can be added, to your taste. It can be prepared beforehand, leaving it in the fridge (especially in summer) ready to be served. This is a very popular dish in Spain during our long and hot summers. I hope you enjoy it!
I´m a Spaniard passionate about food. When I first moved to Ireland four years ago I thought it would be a difficult task to cook Spanish food in Ireland. But I was wrong!!! Not only have I found most of the Spanish products here but also I added to my dishes the good quality and tasty Irish ingredients. My blog is about cooking easy and tasty Spanish food dishes in Ireland, combining Spanish ingredients available here with Irish products: Cooking and enjoying Spain in the Irish weather!!!
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Ensaladilla Rusa (Russian salad)
-4 medium size potatoes (boiled with the skin)
-2 boiled eggs
-2 roasted red peppers (sliced)
-1 tin of green olives (pitted)
-1 tin of white asparagus (optional) for decoration
-Gherkins (small jar)
-1 jar of mayonnaise
Any other ingredients can be added as well such as peas, onion, beetroot…
Boil the potatoes without peeling them for about 25 minutes. (it depends on the size of the potatoes). They should be thoroughly cooked but firm. When they cool down, peel them and cut them in small size cubes. Place them in a big tray, season them with salt and pepper. Keep some olives, red peppers and the boiled eggs for decoration later.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the potatoes: gherkins (cut in half), tuna, red peppers, olives (cut in half). Mix the mayonnaise with all the ingredients (keeping half of the mayonnaise for decoration). Finally, spread the mayonnaise over the salad.
For decoration place the rest of peppers, gherkins, olives, sliced boiled eggs and asparagus.
Done! Ready to go to the fridge!
-1 glass of sunflower oil
-1 pinch of salt
-1 tablespoon of white vinegar
-1 tablespoon of lemon juice
Place the sunflower oil in a high glass. Add the egg, salt, pepper, lemon juice and vinegar. Place the blender at the bottom of the glass, switch it on and leave it in that position for about 1 minute. When the mixture starts to thicken, lift the blender a bit for a few seconds, keep doing the same (lifting it little by little)till tthe mayonnaise gets the proper consistency. Ready!
It might need more than a try to get the perfect mayonnaise, but believe me, it´s worth it!
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