For months, we've been looking forward to the premier of "Spain...On the Road Again," a PBS series that follows Mario Batali, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Bittman and Claudia Bassols as they eat their way through the country. It premieres as early as today on local stations nationwide.
The recipes up on the show's web site already have us drooling.
The premiere episode, "Tilting Windmills in Castilla la Mancha," features Madrid's fish market, churros and hot chocolate, a Manchego cheesemaking lesson and a birthday celebration featuring bird sushi.
We're planning to prepare a few dishes from the show's web site to eat while watching the first episode, with a glass or two of Spanish wine, of course. Here are a few that peaked our interest:
- Beet and Walnut Puree
- Fabada – Dried fava beans prepared with ham hock, slab bacon, chorizo and blood sausage
- Tortilla Española
- Empanada – A pan-baked version of the familiar fried pocket pastry
We can't wait to see the foursome in action, and we'll be checking in for updates from Batali and other cast members on the show's blog. There's already talk of a second season in Italy.
(Images: Spain...On The Road Again)