Depending on the religious dietary restrictions, there may not be a go-to meal... But if they have no major restrictions, we serve something easy that fits the flavor of both countries!Chili over rice or taco salad (both made with water buffalo meat since they dont eat beef here.) They love cumin here and they eat tons of rice. I like to introduce them to new things, but stay within their taste preferences. They usually eat the same thing every day twice a day... Rice and lentils, sometimes meat, with a salsa of varying flavors. Chili and the taco meat can also be made ahead of time and frozen. Makes a quick meal to fix when unexpected guests pop in.
With us, I always ask the guests first if they have any dietary restrictions. Then, if they are American, I might make a Spanish meal, featuring paella and all kinds of hors d'oeuvres. (Paella is Spain's national dish. It's mostly rice, and I make it with chicken. It is better than delicious! If they are Americans who've had paella already, I will make a very American meal with meat and potatoes, veggies, and salad. For Spanish visitors, they expect three courses, so I do that. I might begin with soup or a macaroni dish, then something like chicken sliced thin, breaded and fried, with a green salad. Always, I serve bread for Spaniards.For Spanish people, a very light dessert. I might do something like brownies for Americans. In this culture, you very rarely have anyone pop in unexpectedly.
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