If you like food and cooking as much as I do you are going to enjoy this new section of the blog. I will cook and share with you traditional recipes from Extremadura, following the instructions and advice from people I know.
In some cases local ingredients (such as Iberian pork) will not be available in your area, so I will suggest products you can use instead. It will not taste the same, of course but, if you really want to try the real thing, you know where to go!
The first recipe I am sharing with you is migas veratas, La Vera style fried breadcrumbs (La Vera is an area in the north-east of Extremadura). Migas can be cooked in very different ways, depending on the area of Extremadura you visit; these ones are, in my opinion, probably the best and tastier. A hearty dish perfect for winter.
Ingredients for 2 people
1 loaf of stale white bread (baguette or similar)
2 whole garlic cloves, unpeeled and scored
1 red pepper, chopped
3 or 4 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon sweet paprika from La Vera*
1 glass of water
Salt to taste
1. Fry the garlic cloves, the pepper and the potatoes for about 10 minutes or until soft.
2. Add the sweet paprika and stir quickly to avoid the paprika getting burnt.
3. Add the water and the bread and cook it, stirring constantly, for 30 minutes at medium heat.
Little tricks for better results
If you like the breadcrumbs a bit drier just use a bit less of water.
For extra deliciousness you can add in some chorizo a few minutes before the breadcrumbs are ready.
For a spicy kick, you can use spicy paprika instead of the sweet one.
*You can buy it in Spanish supermarkets in the UK, some local markets (like Borough Market in London) or even online.
Thanks to Carmen, from Jaraíz de la Vera, for sharing her recipe.