Welcome to the world of Spanish tapas, now so popular around the world. If you are looking how to make delicious garlic mushrooms look no further than these easy Spanish Garlic Mushrooms.
Ready in just 15 minutes, full of Spanish flair and made from everyday ingredients, Spanish Garlic Mushrooms are great as an appetizer or a light main meal. Or, in combination with some other dishes, why not follow the Spanish culture and serve garlic mushrooms as part of a tapas menu?
Portobello mushroom recipes are some of the most popular recipes around and baby portobello mushrooms are my recommendation for these garlic mushrooms. Having trouble finding baby portobello mushrooms? No problem. Substituting medium-size Swiss Browns or button mushrooms works well.
Read on to discover more about Spanish tapas and how and where to buy mushrooms.
The Wonderful World of Tapas in Spain
Until visiting Spain for the first time recently, I didn’t really appreciate the importance of tapas in Spanish culture. Tapas are simply just small appetizer-size plates served to enjoy with a glass of wine or beer.
Not unlike Italian aperitivos, in Spain tapas are served in the late afternoon or early evening and usually outside in a beautiful courtyard or square for enjoying that lovely Spanish weather. It is a very convivial way to socialize and enjoy everything good about Spain. The main evening meal is eaten about 9 or 10pm, so tapas are a light snack after work.
Some bars specialize in certain tapas where they may focus on 1 or 2 items only. If you want to experience more than one popular Spanish dish, you might visit more than 1 tapas bar. They are everywhere so you don’t need to walk far!
Madrid or Valancia are both great cities for enjoying special Spanish dishes. And the best part? Not only are the tapas, like these Spanish Garlic Mushrooms, superb in taste but the cost is extremely reasonable. You can expect to pay about 2 Euro only for a great glass of wine. The tapas themselves are also inexpensive.
Not only did we discover the delights of tapas in Spain but also, maybe, the best produce market anywhere in the world. Read on to find out why.
A World of Mushrooms at the Valencia Mercado Central
Long-time readers know we are big fans of buying from local markets wherever we travel. Arriving in Valencia and finding the magnificent Mercado Centrale only 100 meters from our accommodation was a pleasant surprise.
An old building, just oozing with atmosphere, look at the magnificent dome in the center of the market. It’s hard not to get excited about shopping for food in such a beautiful building. And like the building, the produce is outstanding.
Honestly, if you are into food and like to travel, Valencia is a city we recommend. Visiting the market is a mesmerizing experience. The fish, meat, delicatessens and fruit and vegetable stalls are the best in quality we have come across. And talk about friendly, the people are lovely! They are polite to their customers and you can strike up a conversation. It’s just a great experience and a great way to learn about food.
Here, as in many markets around the world, some stallholders specialize in mushrooms, giving you full flexibility to try cooking a variety of simple, mushroom recipes. It was at the Valencia Mercado Central, we came across these beautiful baby portobello mushrooms.
So, the result of our visits to umpteen tapas bars and the Valencia Mercado Centrale was the genesis for this garlic mushrooms recipe (Spanish style, of course).
Spanish Garlic Mushrooms
Spanish garlic mushrooms are an easy mushroom recipe ready in just 15 minutes. Using the smoky but mild taste of smoked paprika is the secret to the dish. If you haven’t yet experienced the joy of food cooked with this spice, here is your chance. Smoked paprika is a staple ingredient in most Spanish homes.
Portobello mushroom recipes don’t come much tastier than this. The quantities of the ingredients should deliver a thicker sauce. If you prefer your sauce thinner, add some more dry white wine. And, if you have any excellent Spanish dry sherry, consider using that. Many recipes for Spanish food use sherry instead of dry white wine.
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- Quarter the mushrooms, chop the parsley and the garlic.
- Place the olive oil in a pan over a moderate heat. Add the mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes, turning occasionally. Add the remaining ingredients except the parsley and cook for a further 7 minutes or so.
- Remove from the heat, stir in the parsley and serve onto 4 small plates. Or, if part of a tapas set, place in a serving bowl and allow people to serve themselves at the table.