Spanish pop-up dinner to celebrate St George’s Day

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Aragonesa salad with Serrano ham from Teruel
Aragonesa salad with Serrano ham from Teruel

Spanish pop-up dinner to celebrate St George’s Day

Last pop-up dinner held by ¡Que Rico! Tapas took place at The Free Press on the 23rd April. With this feast, I wanted to link my Spanish mother region, Aragón, and the country where I live, England, as both have the same patron saint, St George.

24 people gathered at The Free Press, waiting for a Spanish menu with ingredients sourced from Spain and London, getting excited for tasting new flavours. It was a challenge but, at the same time, a rewarding job.

I was so keen on showing the gastronomy of my little homeland, Aragón, that planned a menu with some of the more traditional dishes:

  • Aragonesa salad with Serrano ham (D.O. Jamón de Teruel) served in a sphere so guest had to shake it to dress it.
  • White asparagus (D.E. Navarra) with vinaigrette and sour sauce.
White asparagus in vinaigrette and sour sauce
White asparagus in vinaigrette and sour sauce
  • Longaniza from Graus croquettes.
Longaniza croquettes
Longaniza croquettes
  • Ajoarriero: slated cod with a slightly spicy chilli tomato sauce and red pepper.
Ajoarriero
Ajoarriero

As a dessert, the traditional pudding for Saint George in Aragón, Saint George’s lance, a light sponge filled with pastry cream and covered with flambé yolk.

St George´s lance
St George’s lance

The Free Press offered a selection of Spanish wines and sherries which suit perfectly with the dishes.

The pub was buzzing in an interesting mixture of people: guests, regular costumers, group of friends having a barbecue dinner in the garden… But all of them were happy, sharing a good time. Even the regular costumers had the opportunity to try some dishes due to the curiosity of the new dishes, the colours, flavours and presentation.

It was a great night!

P.S.: If you are interested in any of the recipes, let me know and I’ll send it to you.

Pictures of Ozzy Karohemd. Many, many thanks, by the way!

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