I studied abroad in Spain four years ago, and fell in love with the country! Early on in our relationship, Chris and I went on a date to Jaleo, “the renowned tapas restaurant of José Andrés.” Oh my goodness. One sip of the sangria, and I was transported back to Spain! The tapas were amazing, and I have since fallen in love with the food at every restaurant of his. Chris and I actually had our rehearsal dinner at the Jaleo in Crystal City, and it was SO delicious and fun!
Anyway, I could go on and on about Chef José Andrés, and I’m sure I will write more entries on his food. We had some friends over for dinner on Saturday night, and I decided to make it Spanish-themed and use recipes by José! His Made in Spain cookbook was the inspiration. I made red wine sangria, beef tenderloin with picón cheese, sauteed green asparagus (white asparagus probably would have been more authentic!), and mashed potatoes with manchego and olive oil (that recipe can be found here).
Here you can see most of the entire meal… I’m not sure why I put the mashed potatoes in a bowl when everything else was already on the plate!
There were a few adjustments. I used ribeye steaks (cheaper) and Moody Blue Smoked Blue Cheese (from Screwtop!) for the sauce. I also used Cabra cheese for the mashed potatoes (also from Screwtop) instead of Manchego.
What a fun night of Spanish-style food with our friends! By the way, check out this new temporary restaurant of his that is opening up soon. It’s going along with the National Archives’ exhibit, What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam? I can’t wait!