Authentic Spanish Recipes from the Basque Region

Welcome to Basco Spanish Foods, Drinks and Tapas blog. Here you will find lots of gorgeous authentic Spanish recipes, from classic Spanish dishes to more modern Spanish recipes, always keeping things simple so the produce is the star of the show. 

Learn how to cook exquisite Spanish food recipes with me, Javier De La Hormaza, a Spanish food importer and chef born in Bilbao in the Basque region of Spain.

My style of cooking is heavily influenced by my Basque heritage so many of the recipes you will find here are Basque food recipes – Enjoy!

Latest Recipes

Looking for dinner party ideas? Like to cook tapas but not sure what to do? Here are the latest Spanish food recipes from Basco. Click on any of the recipes below to find out how to make it!

Bomba Rice with Clams and Girolles

January 17, 2017 | Javier

Arroz blanco is a typical Spanish dish made from short grain rice, garlic, water or stock and usually served as a side dish. In the Basque country, clams or cockles are added to the arroz blanco to make a delicious seafood style rice, typically served as a starter.

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Clams with Marinera Sauce

January 11, 2017 | Javier

This recipe is not to be confused with ‘Clams in Salsa Verde’ which is a Basque dish made with fresh clams cooked in a green sauce made out of garlic, fish stock and chopped parsley.

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Baby Squid with Caramelised Onions and Peppers

January 10, 2017 | Javier

A popular Basque recipe of fresh baby squid with caramelised onions and green peppers called ‘chipirones a lo pelayo’.

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Pears in Red Wine with Lemon Curd Ice Cream

November 16, 2016 | Javier

Peras al vino are a classic Spanish dessert from La Rioja. The pears are slowly poached in red wine, sugar and spices until tender and served cold with a drizzle of the cooking liquid and some whipped cream or ice cream on the side.

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Top Paella Recipes

Learn how to cook authentic Paella recipes that will be the envy of your friends! Here you will find a range of Spanish Paella recipes, tips and tricks to master this classic Spanish dish. From easy to cook vegetable Paella dishes to more ambitious Seafood Paella recipes, all of them with simple cooking steps to make the perfect tasty paella!

Bomba Rice with Clams and Girolles

January 17, 2017 | Javier

Arroz blanco is a typical Spanish dish made from short grain rice, garlic, water or stock and usually served as a side dish. In the Basque country, clams or cockles are added to the arroz blanco to make a delicious seafood style rice, typically served as a starter.

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Chicken and Chorizo Paella

July 30, 2016 | Javier

This is my basic paella recipe, using the two most popular ingredients commonly seen in paella recipes out there, chicken and chorizo sausage. There are 3 basic ingredients that you need to have in your cupboard in order to make authentic Spanish paella; paella rice, smoked paprika and Spanish saffron.

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Black Rice with Crispy Squid and Parsley Aioli

June 12, 2016 | Javier

Squid ink rice dishes are very popular in Spain. They work really well when served with king prawns, fresh squid or roasted fish such as monkfish or turbot.

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Paella Rice with Carabinero Prawns

January 30, 2016 | Javier

Prawns go incredibly well with paella rice, their sweet yet robust flavour pairs incredibly well with the aromatic flavour of saffron and the smokey notes of Spanish paprika.

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Sangria Recipes

Looking for a Spanish Sangria recipe? Being a native of Spain and a professionally trained barman, I’ve got a few traditional Spanish Sangria recipes up my sleeve that I know you will love!

Sangria Recipe

December 6, 2015 | Javier

The origin of sangria is as confusing as the actual list of ingredients used to prepare it.

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Sherry Sangria Recipe

December 6, 2015 | Javier

This Sherry Sangria recipe is a twist on a standard sangria recipe, using a white sherry instead of wine and blending it with cloudy apple juice, fresh fruit and topped with lemonade.

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Cava Sangria Recipe

December 6, 2015 | Javier

This Cava Sangria recipe shows you how to prepare the perfect drink for a summer’s evening, sat on your terrace, feet up with a barbecue on the go.

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Kalimotxo Recipe

August 21, 2014 | Javier

Red wine and cola?? Are you mad??? Oh yes we are! Kalimotxo is classic summer drink, also known as ‘Cocavino’ or in the old days as ‘Rioja Libre’ or ‘Cuba Libre del Pobre’ (poor man’s Cuba Libre).

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Easy Tapas Recipes

Spanish Tapas recipes are easy to cook and delightful to share with friends and family. Here you will discover a host of beautiful Tapas dishes to cook for any occasion. Learn what ingredients work best to make a great tapas recipe and become a pro Tapas chef!

Clams with Marinera Sauce

January 11, 2017 | Javier

This recipe is not to be confused with ‘Clams in Salsa Verde’ which is a Basque dish made with fresh clams cooked in a green sauce made out of garlic, fish stock and chopped parsley.

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Baby Squid with Caramelised Onions and Peppers

January 10, 2017 | Javier

A popular Basque recipe of fresh baby squid with caramelised onions and green peppers called ‘chipirones a lo pelayo’.

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Clams with sherry and Iberico ham

November 7, 2016 | Javier

I LOVE this recipe. The flavoured ham oil coats the clams beautifully and acts as a seasoning agent, whilst the fino sherry brings the whole dish to life.

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Baked Cheese with Roasted Garlic and Thyme

September 20, 2016 | Javier

This is a great sharing dish that works well as part of a tapas night in. You can have the cheese prepared in advance and simply place in the oven before serving.

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Cocktail Recipes

Like drinking cocktails? I have a selection of Cocktail recipes for any type of occasion, from simple classics, to more seasonal drinks so you can magic up tasty drinks from the comfort of your home. So get your cocktail shaker out and let me show you!

Marianito Cocktail Recipe

July 29, 2016 | Javier

Marianito cocktail is a vermouth based drink which is mainly served in Northern Spain, particularly in the Basque Country, La Rioja and Burgos. Drinking straight vermouth is something of a tradition in Northern Spain, particularly on Sundays as an aperitif.

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Gin Bloody Mary Recipe

January 4, 2016 | Javier

The perfect Bloody Mary is a hotly debated topic. I like to make mine with gin instead of vodka, a dash of fino sherry and a touch of horseradish sauce for extra creaminess.

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Chocolate and Orange Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

August 21, 2015 | Charlie

A delicious variation of an old time classic, made by muddling sugar and chocolate bitters with orange peel until dissolved.

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