The scent of saffron

I am from Spain, but my family and I have made America our home. For the last 17 years, I have been cooking Spanish food in Washington, DC. Now, I want to show you how to bring the taste of Spain into your kitchen. Everyone’s talking about Spain’s food and wine. You and I together will discover why.” — José Andrés

Made in Spain airs on WOSU TV on Saturday afternoons at 2pm.

The scent of saffron, the sound of flamenco, the sights of Spanish culture and a spirited chef creating classic dishes can now be found together in one captivating program. Made in Spain is a series exploring the culinary and cultural riches of Spain and is hosted by Chef José Andrés, creator of multiple celebrated Washington, D.C.-based restaurants, including Jaleo and minibar by josé andrés.

Made in Spain highlights the extraordinary cooking traditions of a country whose food and wine is capturing the world’s imagination. In every episode, José brings the exciting flavors of his native Spain to the American audience with easy and informative recipes created in his Washington, DC kitchen using products found here in the U.S.

Jose in his Kitchen

Jose in his Kitchen

In every episode José Andrés demonstrates easy-to-follow Spanish recipes from his home kitchen in Washington, DC.

Each cooking segment is woven into a gastronomic and cultural tour of one of Spain’s 17 vibrant regions, where José introduces the viewer to many of Spain’s great cheese makers, wine makers and restaurateurs. Traveling throughout Spain, José takes the viewer to the source and inspiration of the dishes he prepares back in his kitchen, demonstrating that the flavors made in Spain can be created right here at home.

First introduced to public television audiences in Chef’s Story, Bittman Takes on America’s Chefs and Diary of a Foodie, José Andrés’ exuberance, sense of humor and prodigious culinary talents make him the perfect emissary of the cuisine that has come to be regarded as among the most innovative in the world. José’s hit Spanish cooking show, Vamos a Cocinar, and his passion for Spanish flavors already have accorded him rock-star status in Spain. The release of Made in Spain heralds his arrival as America’s newest PBS culinary star.

Bowl of pollo

Bowl of pollo

Made in Spain highlights flavorful Spanish ingredients and classic dishes.

Made in Spain travels back and forth between José’s two homes: Washington DC and Spain. Each episode visits treasured Spanish locations, is infused with the uniqueness of José’s magic and is sprinkled with ingredients rooted in Spanish cuisine. We discover great fish dishes and aromatic stews in Basque Country. In Madrid, we find the sweet spots of the city. In Valencia, we learn why the secret to unforgettable paella is all in the rice. We also find out that Andalucia is not only the home of sherry but the birthplace of tapas. In America, José seduces us with his inventive recipes and special tips. Every program personifies José’s mantra: “Simple ingredients, treated with respect…put them together and you will always have a great dish.” Following José’s easy instructions in the kitchen means that viewers will be able to whip up his creations in their own homes.

Fried eggs and chorizo: Jose combines egg whites, yolk, chorizo and garlic to make this dish from Madrid.

Pollo al chilindrón
Chicken with peppers, tomatoes, onions and Spanish ham

Chilindron is a wonderful vegetable stew that comes from Aragon, where they grow astonishing vegetables in the fertile land near the Ebro River.

Serves 4

  • ¼ cup Spanish extra-virgin olive oil, plus 3 tablespoons
  • 4 chicken legs, thighs and drumsticks separated
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 cups diced Spanish onions
  • 1 cup diced green bell peppers
  • 1 cup diced red bell peppers
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup thinly sliced and diced jamón Serrano (Spanish cured ham)
  • ½ teaspoon sweet pimentón (Spanish smoked paprika)
  • 2 cups plain canned tomato sauce
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups flat mineral or filtered water

Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a 12-quart pot over medium-high heat. Season the chicken pieces with salt then, working in batches, brown them on all sides. Transfer the chicken to a platter and set aside.

Add the ¼ cup of olive oil to the same pot, and when the oil is hot, add the onions and peppers. Reduce the heat to low and cook slowly until the vegetables are dark golden brown, about 30 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of water if the onions start to burn. Add the garlic and cook for 5 more minutes. Then add the white wine and cook until it evaporates, 4 to 5 minutes.

Add the jamón and browned chicken pieces, as well as any juices that have collected, and cook for 5 more minutes. Stir in the pimentón, tomato sauce, rosemary, bay leaf and the water and simmer over low heat for 1 hour or until the meat starts to fall off the bone. Season to taste with salt before serving.

– Scott

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