World Cuisine Wednesday

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights, World Cuisine Wednesdays | on February 10th, 2010

Barcelona, the capital city of Spain, is one of the loveliest places in the world to visit.  It is located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, and the climate is so nice year round. The average low is approximately 40° F and the average high is around 82° F.  Wouldn’t it be splendid to visit Barcelona right now, as we are entering the bitingly cold month of February?  For the moment, how about cooking up a recipe a friend from Spain sent me?  This is called Pisto Manchego, it is a ratatouille-like dish.

Pisto Manchego

4 ripe plum tomatoes, peeled and diced
2 green bell peppers, seeded and diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 medium sized onions, diced
2 zucchini, cubed
3 minced garlic cloves
¼ c olive oil
2 tsp red wine vinegar
Sea salt
Fresh ground pepper

In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Sauté onion until translucent, then add zucchini, garlic and peppers.  When all ingredients have softened, stir in tomatoes.

Cover and cook about 12 – 15 minutes, stirring often.  Set heat on low and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. If necessary, add small amounts of water as needed to avoid food sticking to the pan.

Add vinegar and salt/pepper to taste.

This is  a fairly versatile dish and can be served hot or cold with toasted bread, in a Spanish omelet or as a filling for a sandwich. Use your imagination.  If you wish to serve it as a main dish, you can add ham, chorizo or hard boiled eggs.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?  And hey, if you’re not a cook, just book a flight to Spain and have someone else make it for you

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