Pinchitos Morunos Spicy Moorish Kebabs
Europe's first kebabs were brought by the Arabs from Africa. Pinchitos morunos are eaten everywhere in Spain as a tapa, though nowadays they are made of pork, rather than lamb.
Spices for them are sold ready-mixed in the south. I have used curry powder as part of my mixture as it contains cumin and very similar herbs.
- Serves 6
- Difficulty: very easy
- Preparation time: 25 min. plus 2 hours marinating
- 1 lb. lean pork, cut into small cubes
- 2 garlic gloves, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon mild curry powder or pinchito spice mixture
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
- 1 teaspoon Spanish paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Crush the garlic with the salt in a mortar (or with the flat of a knife on a board), then work in the other ingredients.
Skewer the pork, 3-4 cubes to a small stick, and marinate them in a shallow dish with the herbs (pinchito spice, coriander, paprika, and thyme), turning so they are well coated. Leave at least a couple of hours.
Spread the pinchitos out well on a barbecue or on foil under a grill. Cook them under a high heat for about 3 minutes on each side.
When our family invites friends over, it is fun to offer some nice bottles of Spanish wine to share and sample! Over the years, certain bodegas and varietals have become our go-to, everyday favorites. We put them together in this collection, a tour of Spain's classic wines to share with your family and friends!
Just as each of your guests is unique, we wanted this wine sampler to represent some of Spain's finest styles. And with six new wines to discover, you are sure to find a vintage to please every palate.
The following wines are included in this wine sampler:
- Pazo de Valei (Galicia - Albariño): Cool, misty Atlantic air rolls across the Galician countryside, making for one of the best white wine regions in all of Spain: Rias Baixas. Silky pale yellow with hues of green and gold, you’ll taste echoes of pear, peach and apple with every sip of this crisp Albariño. With a heaping bounty of seafood, this wine is a natural partner but it pairs equally well with an array of delicious tapas.
- Lar de Paula (Rioja): This white Rioja spends one hundred days in French and American Oak. Meticulously made by a family-owned winery in the heart of Rioja Alavesa, Lar de Paula presents unexpected white wine nuances and pairs beautifully with rich, hearty foods. Clean and bright with a pale yellow color, the taste is floral and elegant, with a smooth, peachy finish. Olive oil drizzled Bonito del Norte tuna or sizzling gambas al ajillo would make charming soul mates.
- Maragda Rosa (Emporda): As night casts its shadow over the Costa Brava, the winemakers at Mas Llunes harvest their grapes, reveling in the cool night temperatures. Weeks later when this rose wine is ready for bottling by the light of day, it is a brilliant strawberry red. Deliciously fruity with aromas of red currant, the fresh Maragda Rosa will sweep you off your feet. Pair with tapas like grilled pulpo sprinkled with smoky pimentón, paella or langostinos.
- "G" (Somontano): Nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees in the town of Lagüarres, you’ll find the Secastille vineyards. The 100% old Garnacha vines are exposed to temperature extremes resulting in a thoughtful, earthy red. This fresh wine is an ideal mate to a tasty array of tapas from Spain. Enjoy with a slice of Galician bread drizzled with olive oil and slivers of jamón.
- Buro de Peñalosa (Ribera de Duero): Mingle the heady flavors of plums and blackberries with a nuance of espresso and you’ve met Buro de Peñalosa. This lovely Tempranillo is aged in oak and hails from the acclaimed wine region of Ribera del Duero. Partner with a chocolate covered fig and you have a match made in heaven. The spicy finish also works beautifully with cured meats and aged cheeses. Salud!
- Escudo de Plata Gran Reserva (Jumilla): The Monastrell vines rub shoulders with olive groves and almond trees in the arid climate of Jumilla, Spain where Bodegas Fernandez has been crafting fine wines since 1920. With a penetrating ruby hue, and wild cherry aromas, this Gran Reserva wine shares hints of vanilla and cedar on the palate, reminiscent of its two years in oak. This beautifully balanced wine makes a happy companion to a lusty steak, a cured Manchego and lush chocolate Rabitos from Spain.