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Hoy comemos migas Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in Spanish Culture

Ahora que se marchó el calor, me gustaría compartir con vosotros un sencillo y delicioso menú: las migas.  ¡Es un plato tan conocido que hasta existe un grupo flamenco con su nombre! Para hacerlas necesitaremos:
Ajos
Harina (salen más suaves con harina que con sémola, aunque yo prefiero esta última).
Sal
Agua

Y para acompañar:
Panceta frita
Pimientos fritos
Sardinas asadas
Melón, tomate, naranjas, o mi favorita: granada.
Gazpacho de limón

Ponemos los ajos con abundante aceite en una sartén, y cuando estén fritos añadiremos unas cucharadas de harina para tostarla.  A continuación agregamos un litro de agua y sal. Cuando el agua rompa a hervir, y dependiendo de cuanta gente hayáis invitado para almorzar, añadimos medio kilo de harina. Con esto bastará para cuatro personas. No olvidéis remover continuamente con una buena rasera hasta que las migas estén sueltas y doradas. Este proceso puede tardar una hora, pero merece la pena.

En otra sartén se fríen los trocitos de panceta y los pimientos; asamos las sardinas y preparamos el melón cortado en trozos que se puedan comer de un bocado. Si queréis tomate, o naranjas, preparadlas de la misma forma, y desgranad la granada antes de comenzar a comer.

Hoy día las migas se sirven en platos individuales, para que cada uno coma lo que desee. Normalmente mezclamos las migas con los trozos de panceta y los pimientos fritos, mientras que la fruta y las sardinas se cogen de otro plato según queremos comerlas. Pero a mi me encanta comer migas como lo hacíamos en casa: directamente de la sartén, sobre todo si las habíamos cocinado a la lumbre.

Las migas son un plato de pastores, tradicionalmente preparadas con pan. Estos solían cocinar el pan duro ablandándolo y haciendo un plato muy nutritivo con el que afrontar el duro invierno. ¡Esa es la razón por la que no debéis comer demasiado! También es muy saludable gracias al ajo. Si os gustan las migas, deberéis probar un plato típico de Jaén, muy similar a este: la gachamiga. La receta… ¡quizá la próxima vez!

Migas, by aabrilru

Now that the summer heat is gone, I want to share with you a delicious and very simple recipe: “migas” (crumbs). It is such a popular dish that we even have a flamenco group with that name! To make them we will need:
Garlic
Flour, (they turn out softer with flour than with semolina, although I prefer the latter)
Salt
Water

To accompany:
Fried pancetta
Fried peppers
Roasted sardines
Melon, tomato, oranges or my favorite one: pomegranate.
Lemon gazpacho

We put the garlic cloves with abundant oil in a deep frying pan, and when they are fried we will add a few spoonfuls of flour to toast.  After that we add a litre of water and the salt. When the water starts boiling, and depending on how many people you have invited to dinner, add half a kilo of flour. This will be enough for four people. Don’t forget to stir constantly with a good skimmer until the migas are soft and brown. This process will take about an hour, but it is worth it.

In a different frying pan we fry the little pieces of pancetta, and the peppers; we roast the sardines, and cut the melon into bite-size chunks. If you want to have some tomato, or orange, prepare them the same way, and shell the pomegranate before starting to eat.

Nowadays, migas are served in individual plates so you can eat what you want. We usually mix the migas with a bit of pancetta and fried peppers, whereas the fruit and the sardines are taken from another plate as you want to eat them. But I really love to eat migas as we used to at home: directly from the frying pan, specially if they were cooked on the fire.

Migas is a shepherds’ dish traditionally made with bread. They used to cook the hardened bread by softening and turning it into a nourishing dish to help face the hard winters. This is why you can’t eat too much! It is also a very healthy dish because of the garlic. If you like our migas, you’ll have to try a tipical dish from Jaen too, which is very similar to this one: gachamiga. The recipe…  maybe next time!

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Hi all! I’m Magda, a Spanish native speaker writing the culture posts in the Transparent Language Spanish blog. I have a Bachelor’s in English Philology and a Master’s in Linguistics and Literature from the University of Granada, in Spain. I have also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, and then worked as an English teacher in several schools and academies for several years. Last year was my first at university level. In addition, I work as a private tutor, teaching English and Spanish as a foreign language to students and adults. In my free time, I’m an avid reader and writer, editing and collaborating in several literary blogs. I have published my first poetry book recently. And last but not least, I love photography!