Pizza is my favorite food to share with friends while watching sports on TV. Here’s my recommendation for this World Cup matches: a Manchego & Chorizo pizza. It’s full of taste, just perfect to top up your energies while supporting the USA!
The distinctive sheep’s milk flavor of the Manchego cheese, together with its buttery texture, makes it perfect for pizza. Pair it with other traditional Spanish ingredients and you’ll have something reminiscent of tapas, but on a crunchy, golden, edible plate. Delish!
Just make sure to buy 100% Spanish ingredients: ensure the Manchego cheese & chorizo are authentic (not Mexican substitutes) and try to find Spanish olives and jarred Piquillo peppers if possible.
What you need:
- Food-processor pizza dough, ½ batch
- Canned crushed tomatoes, ¾ cup
- Manchego cheese, 4 oz. grated
- ¼ small red onion, thinly sliced
- 2 roasted Piquillo peppers, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup green Spanish olives, pitted
- 1 1/2 oz. Spanish chorizo, thinly sliced
- Preheat the oven following the pizza dough instructions.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a 12-inch round and transfer to a floured pizza peel.
- Spread the tomatoes over the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border uncovered. Sprinkle with the cheese, then top with the onion, peppers, olives and chorizo. Transfer the pizza to the oven.
- Bake until crisp and browned.
Spain has lots of delicious “tapas”, but a healthy chunk of them involve meat. True, being a vegetarian in Spain is not that common and may draw lots of weird looks. However, it’s entirely doable and enjoyable!
If you’re vegetarian and are planning a holiday in Spain, arm yourself with two short phrases: “lleva carne?” (does it have meat?) and “sin carne, por favor” (without meat, please) and take note of the below list of vegetarian “tapas”, all of them commonly found everywhere in Spain:
1. Aceitunas – Olives
Olives are fantastic in Spain. They come in all type of varieties and flavors. If you’re strict vegetarian just beware of the ones stuffed with anchovies.
2. Pan con tomate – Toast with olive oil & tomato
A humble, yet tasty and delish, dish. Being originally from Catalonia, it’s nowadays found pretty much everywhere in Spain.
3. Queso Manchego
Of course, this has to be our preferred veggie “tapa”! Ask for it with some “membrillo” (quince) on the side, and get ready for an out-of-this-world experience.
4. Patatas bravas y alioli – Fried potatoes with salsas
For complete enjoyment, wash these “patatas” down with a “caña” (small glass of beer).
5. Tortilla española – Spanish omelette
This has to be the basic vegetarian go-to dish. Just make sure it’s homemade and slightly moist in the center – dry and hard “tortillas” are awful, believe me.
Want to know more delicious veggie “tapas”? Then watch this space!