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Castilla La Mancha

Castilla La Mancha recipes and guides and informative articles about the food, cuisine and gatronomic culture of Castilla La Mancha in Spain.

La Mancha is sparsley populated. You can drive vast distances without seeing anyone. But you will find the locals in their kitchens, cafes, bars and restaurants. And they will be enjoying Spanish meals that go back centuries. Using ingredients that have served them well long before the name Don Quixote appeared on the page.

Saffron is grown here in vast quantities. So much so that each October the locals celebrate the Saffron Rose Festival or Fiesta de la Rosa del Azafrán. Mushrooms also have their day in the sun when it comes to a fiesta. And some of the most flavoursome mushrooms grown anywhere, are grown in Castilla La Mancha.  

Hunting is big in this area. Wild boar, stag, rabbit and a range of birds are killed for food. The partridge is used in much family cooking, marinated and served in hearty stews with beans, vegetables and spices such as the ubiquitous saffron. The stew or Estofada is what will greet you should you enter a village home in La Mancha. You will not go hungry here. 

And, of course, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a local Manchego cheese to enjoy. The basis for genuine Manchego cheese is the pure milk of the sheep of La Mancha. When cooking food or eating out in La Mancha, you would do well to recall the words of Don Quixote himsmelf: “The stomach carries the heart, and not the heart the stomach.”
La Mancha Shepherd's Stew
This is a really great, wintry stew from the region of Castilla La Mancha.
Pisto is one of the very typical dishes from La Mancha (you know Don Quijote, and Sancho Panza...)
Gazpacho Manchego
The Gazpacho manchego originates in La Mancha, and it is actually mentioned in the book “El Quijote de la Mancha”.
Mushrooms with Garlic
A dish celebrating two of the finest ingredients grown in Spain.
Mushroom Soup
With certain Spanish recipes, locally-produced sherry makes all the difference.
Mushrooms with Sherry
Fino is superb in Spain, especially down south in the sherry triangle area based around Jerez.
Honey, Honey
It is so cheap to buy honey in Spain, and there are so many wonderful meals you can make with it.
Garlic Breath
When it comes to garlic, Spain produces some of the very best in the world.
Spanish Saffron
It is estimated that seventy per cent of the saffron produced worldwide comes from Spain.
Roasted Peppers and Onions
Mojete is a popular dish in La Mancha but serving it with bread is a must.
Spain - nice cheese from it
Wallace, of Wallace and Gromit fame, would have a field day shopping in Spanish supermarkets.
Spanish stews
It was Don Quixote himself who paid tribute to Spanish stews. 
The food of Castilla La Mancha
In my continuing culinary journey around the vast expanse of the country that is Spain, I look next at Castilla La Mancha.
Lacquered Pork Ribs
You can make meals large and small with pork. Such as the so called lacquered pork ribs. Easy to prepare and a memorable meal for all.
Roasted Peppers and Onions
Here's a recipe for Mojete - a derivation of the word to dip. Roasted peppers and onions is a popular dish in La Mancha.