Spanish Lunch - La Comida

A Midday Meal That Requires a "Siesta" Afterwards

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La comida, the large midday meal in Spain has several courses. Menus are organized according to these courses and usually include 5 or 6 choices in each course. At home, traditionally Spaniards would not eat “fancy” dishes on a daily basis, but would still enjoy a soup or pasta dish, salad, a meat and/or a fish dish and a dessert, such as fruit and/or cheese. It is very common to eat a simple green salad with the meat or fish courses.

Below is a list of the various courses you would enjoy during la comida and some typical dishes for each course, with links to the recipes:

Appetizers – Entrantes

Appetizers or entrantes might be a plate of Spanish Serrano ham, cheese or another of the cured meats and cheeses that are so popular in Spain. Although we think of tapas as appetizers, tapas would not be called entrantes even though sometimes some of the same dishes are eaten.