National Spanish Paella Day
Paella is a Spanish traditional dish that uses rice, meat or fish and a delicious sauce. Although there are many variations and recipes in different countries, the best paellas can be found in Spain, where you can find fresh seafood and make them on the beach.
This dish is considered by many to be the best national dish in Spain and it seems to be growing in popularity around the globe. It even has a day to celebrate it.
National Spanish Paella Day celebrates this delicious and nutritious culinary creation. It is also a day of cultural fun!
Spanish Paella is a dish that hails from the coast of Eastern Spain. It can be traced back specifically to Valencia, a charming port city on the Balearic Sea. Rice is the main ingredient in paella. It makes sense therefore that the region where paella originated would be a major rice producer. Valencia, one of the largest natural ports in the vicinity of the Mediterranean Sea, has been a major rice producer for around 800 years.
The humble origins of this food can be traced back to farmers and farm workers who had to cook lunch over an open fire. Farmers would start with rice and add whatever else they could find. For protein, this could have been tomatoes, onions and beans. On special occasions, chicken, rabbit, and duck may be added to the dish along with saffron and other precious spices. Because Valencia is so close to the sea, seafood was a natural part the dish.
The culture developed and certain ingredients became more common. Valencia Rice became more easily available in other areas, making paella a staple dish for Spanish people. Paella today is an umbrella term for more than 200 varieties of rice dishes.
It is pronounced “pae-ya” in the name. Although the meaning of the name is not clear, Valencia has its own Spanish version. The word “la paella”, which may refer to the pan in which the dish was cooked, is also possible. Another story states that the dish was named after the pan, or “paellera”, a large two-handled saucepan that is used to cook the dish over an open fire.
This simple, yet elegant meal can make it a great day to celebrate. Get together a few friends to get started on these ideas for National Spanish Paella Day.
Even if you can’t travel to Spain to prepare this dish, it is worth participating in the celebration and making some at home. It is easy to clean up and is an attractive one-pot meal.
You can enjoy National Spanish Paella Day in the comfort of your home by being adventurous with your cooking.
These are the ingredients that go into a Spanish Paella recipe.
People in Spain don’t eat paella by themselves anymore. Paella is a communal dish. It is usually made in large batches and shared at the beach or in a restaurant. To truly enjoy the culture and flavors of paella, you should share it with others.
You can make paella at home with a group of people, each bringing their own ingredient. No matter what the occasion, guests should bring big appetites and a bottle of wine.
Even if you’re not as adventurous with the kitchen, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the occasion. You can simply find a local restaurant that serves this dish. Remember that paella tastes better when it’s shared around the table.
This dish is a celebration of its Valencian origins. It would be a good day to learn a little Spanish. It doesn’t matter if you took Spanish in high school. The language is simple, easy to learn, and has lots of fun words.
Sure, Spanish Paella made at home can be delicious. It would taste best in Valencia, Spain, where it was first made. Call a travel agent to book a trip to the Balearic Sea, on the eastern coast Spain for the perfect celebration of National Spanish Paella Day.
Valencia is Spain’s third largest city and has miles upon miles of golden sandy beaches. It also has an old town with all the amenities one would expect from a southern European coastal city. You will also find unique culture and green spaces.
The best thing to do when visiting Valencia is to eat as many Spanish Paellas as you can! The dish is served in traditional Spanish style in at least 20 restaurants around the city.