Breakfast Recipes

These Spanish breakfast recipes are very simple to make, yet offer some great tastes. Our personal healthy "ish" favourite is “Tostado con Tomate”, however when you need something sweeter and not so healthy, then we´ve got a recipe for you too. Thanks again to the great Janet Mendel for some of her tasty recipes. For more great Spanish recipe books by other authors click on the link below....

Spanish Cook Books

Libros de Cocina Españoles

Healthy "ish" Breakfast Recipes

Toasted Bread with Tomato - Tostado con Tomate

This is so simple to make, yet a very tasty and healthy option for breakfast. As mentioned above, it´s one of our favourite Spanish breakfast recipes.

Ingredients - per person

  • ½ baguette or small bread roll
  • 1 or 2 tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • olive oil and salt to dress

How to prepare

    Simply grate or blitz the tomatoes in a blender until finely chopped. Add a little olive oil and stir together. Cut the bread in half and toast until lightly browned, don´t over toast as this works better when the bread is still soft. Pour a generous amount of olive oil on each slice of bread. Spoon a good helping of the tomato mixture on top and sprinkle with salt. Delicious!

Creamy Spanish-Style Scrambled Eggs - Revueltos

Scrambled eggs, but not as most of us know it. These have a totally different texture but are just as tasty. You can put any left-over vegetables in this dish, or try adding a few small prawns. This is one of the breakfast recipes which is relatively healthy.

Ingredients - serves 4

  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 120 g potatoes, cooked and diced
  • 120 g spinach, cooked
  • 8 eggs, beaten and seasoned
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

How to prepare

Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the potatoes, spinach and garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until warmed through.Reduce the heat to low and add the eggs. Cook, stirring continually with a plastic spatula to scrape the eggs from the bottom of the pan as soon as they have set. When the eeggs are only just set, remove from the heat, about 6 minutes. Serve immediately.

Fried Breadcrumbs - Migas

This is one of the only breakfast recipes that we´ve heard  of that´s supposed to have restorative qualities, so it´s a great breakfast to have after a heavy night on the town! However it ideally needs to be started the day or night before. Accompany it with a selection of fried eggs, sardines or fried peppers. Or to make these breakfast recipes healthier serve with fresh fruit such as melon, pomegranates, grapes or raisins for a slightly healthier option.

Ingredients

  • 450 g stale bread, with crusts, cut into very small pieces
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp oil or lard
  • 150 g chorizo, sliced
  • 150 g serrano ham, streaky salt pork or bacon
  • 6 garlic cloves, not peeled
  • 1 chilli pepper, chopped, or red pepper (to taste)

How to prepare

Put the bread in a bowl and sprinkle with the salt. Sprinkle with water, then toss until the bread is evenly damped, but not soaked. Cover tightly and leave to stand for several hours or overnight. Heat the oil or lard in a frying pan. Fry the chorizo, ham or salt pork or bacon until lightly browned, then remove. With a mallet or something equally heavy, hit the garlic to split them, but DO NOT peel. Add these to the fat with the chilli and bread. Fry the crumbs, turning until they are loose and lightly toasted. Return the chorizo and meat mix to the same pan and warm thoroughly before serving.

"Not" So Healthy Breakfast Recipes

Fritters - Churros

Churros are fried strips of dough that you´ll see being sold by street vendors or in cafe´s, and make a great addition to these breakfast recipes. Sometimes they´re made into small strips and sometimes in large rings, which are then sprinkled with sugar and dunked into coffee or cups of hot thick chocolate. (See recipe below)

Ingredients - makes around 20

  • 350 ml water
  • 50 g butter, melted
  • 250 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 strip of lemon rind
  • deep oil for frying
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

How to prepare

Put the water in a large pan with the lemon rind and bring to the boil. Remove the lemon rind. Add the butter. Mix the salt and baking powder to the flour, then add it to the pan all at once and beat vigorously with a wooden spoon, until a ball is formed. The mixture should be very stiff. Put it into a piping bag with a 2 cm wide nozzle/opening. Heat the frying oil so that when a small piece of dough is dropped in it should brown in about 60 seconds. With the piping bag, make long strips or rings of batter in the hot oil, we suggest you just do a few at a time. Fry for a few minutes until golden brown, then remove from the oil and drain on kitchen paper to remove excess oil. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle generously while still hot.

Dipping Chocolate - Chocolate a la Taza

This can be thinned with more milk or water if you prefer, although it´s normally quite thick for dunking the Churros. Remember you can´t really enjoy the great breakfast recipes of churros, without having the yummy chocolate - the two just go hand in hand.

Ingredients - serves 4

  • 500 ml whole milk and/or water 
  • 200 g plain chocolate, chopped
  • 4 tsp cornflour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • ground cinnamon (optional)

How to prepare

Put the chopped chocolate into a pan. Dissolve the cornflour in a little of the milk or water, then whisk into the remaining liquid. Add to the chocolate and add the sugar. Heat the mixture, whisking continually to keep it smooth as the chocolate melts. As it begins to boil, remove from the heat and keep whisking for 1-2 minutes. Thin the mixture at this point if preferred. Pour into cups and dust with cinnamon if desired.

Lemon-Scented Buns - Magdalenas

Another of the great Spanish breakfast recipes. These buns are similar to the French Madeleine's, but are made with oil rather than butter. And another great choice for dunking in coffee or the dipping chocolate above.

Ingredients - makes about 20

  • 150 ml sunflower oil
  • 150 g plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 150 g sugar
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest

How to prepare

Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Have your small paper cups ready, lightly oiled and on a baking tray. Sift the flour and baking powder together. With an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar for 10 minutes until it increases in volume. (This will probably take about 30 minutes if you´re having to whisk by hand). Stir in the lemon rind, then fold in the flour. Stir in the oil. Fill the paper cups two-thirds full with the batter. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the buns are golden.


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