José Andrés Says This Gazpacho Is One of the Reasons He Married His Wife

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Chef, cookbook author and restaurateur José Andrés hits the road with his daughters to explore and enjoy the wonderful dishes of Spain for his new show”Jose Andres and his family in Spain.” Before leaving on his trip, he stops by the kitchen TODAY to share some of his favorite traditional Spanish recipes. He shows us how to make pastries filled with Catalan cream and classic tomato gazpacho.

Tichi Gazpacho

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My wife, Patricia, is from Andalusia, a region known for sherry and hams. But few people know that Andalusia is the world capital of cold soup, thanks to gazpacho. Every summer when you open the fridge in my house, you’ll see a big glass pitcher right in the middle with this rich, creamy red liquid inside. It is always ready to cool you down on a hot day. My wife doesn’t like to cook and she always tries to change the menu at home. But if there’s one thing she cooks like the gods, it’s gazpacho. It’s his recipe. It’s also one of the reasons why I married her.

Xuixos (Catalan pastry)

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A good croissant is a beautiful thing, but a xuixo ​​is for the gods. This incredible pastry, which is pronounced “choo-cho”, was invented in the 1920s in the Catalan city of Girona. Legend has it that a famous acrobat fell in love with the daughter of a pastry chef. They were caught together in the bakery when the pastry chef heard the acrobat sneeze (“shh!”). The acrobat then offered the pastry chef the recipe for xuixos… and promised to marry his daughter. It may be overkill, but no matter what, it’s an incredible creation.

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Pan con tomatoes

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Paella with vegetables

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