Janet Mendel

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Stuffed Fried Sardines
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"In the summer, there are festivals throughout Galicia to celebrate the sardine season," says Janet Mendel. "The sardines are so popular that, after everyone goes out and eats them, the bouncers at the discotheques won't let you in if you smell too fishy." The traditional Galician preparation is to simply grill the freshly caught sardines over hot coals. Instead, Mendel fills the tender fish with a sweet-salty ham-and-raisin stuffing and fries them to make a crunchy starter that loves a crisp Albariño. More Spanish Dishes
If you've never cooked lamb chops, you might be intimidated trying to figure out how to cook them. But don't be. This easy garlic lamb chop recipe comes together in under half an hour, complete with a pan sauce, too. The sizzled garlic balances the richness of the lamb, and pairs perfectly with the lemon and parsley in the sauce. Related: More Lamb Recipes
Chickpea and Spinach Stew
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In Seville, chickpeas and spinach (garbanzos con espinacas) is a popular dish served in both fine restaurants and tapas bars. It's simple but incredibly tasty, with plenty of flavor from tomato, raisins and saffron. Warming Soup Recipes
Chicken with Catalan Picada
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This Catalan dish, made with chocolate and spices, is reminiscent of Mexican mole, says Janet Mendel. "But without the spiciness of the chiles, it's much easier to pair with wine." The sauce is thickened with picada, traditionally a blend of toasted nuts, herbs and garlic. More Spanish Dishes