Exploring Andorra's Unique Style of Pizza and Pizza Flakes

When it comes to pizza, everyone has their own preferences and favorite toppings. But have you ever heard of Andorra's unique style of pizza? This small European country nestled in the Pyrenees mountains has its own take on this beloved dish, incorporating local flavors and ingredients that make it truly one-of-a-kind. In addition to deliciously unique ways of making doughs, sauces, cheeses and flakes for pizzas, Andorra and New Mexico have come together to blow your mind-- as to what is possible. Here's to something new!

ANDORRA STYLE PIZZA ANDORRA'S DOUGHS, SAUCES, CHEESES, AND PIZZA FLAKESNEW MEXICAN ANDORRA STYLE PIZZAS

Mark Stens Land

1/19/20249 min read

Ah, the enchanting allure of giant evergreen shrubs – nature's ultimate hideout for mischievous little adventurers. Picture this: their towering branches creating a natural umbrella, gracefully sweeping down to the ground. As a wide-eyed young girl, I'd bravely navigate the prickly needles until I found the hidden haven within, a secret fortress where I could frolic for hours, unseen and untamed. Oh, the joy of my clandestine hideout.

Now, shift gears, my friends, and let's journey to a land that mirrors the charm of those evergreen refuges – Andorra. Nestled quietly amidst the mountainous embrace of France and Spain, Andorra has been the ninja of nations, stealthily evading the notice of its neighbors for centuries. Heck, they just got their first university in 1997 – talk about laying low!

Picture this: a pint-sized parcel of 175 square miles, roughly 30% of Tulsa county or 37% of the Big Apple itself, with a population of around 84,000. It's the ultimate cozy nook for explorers, boasting over 60 lakes and 65 mountain peaks. I mean, can you fathom all that awesomeness in a space just 37% the size of NYC? Mind-blowing. Naturally, hiking and skiing are all the rage here.

Now, let's delve into Andorran cuisine, a culinary tale spun by its geography and history. Imagine a time when the country was a recluse, with minimal imports. Meals were a rugged affair, featuring a medley of meat, home-grown veggies, fruits, hearty bread, fish, and wild game. Fast forward to today, and Andorrans still indulge in the tradition, foraging for wild herbs, berries, and, believe it or not, mushrooms. Yep, they're bona fide mycophilics, mushroom enthusiasts extraordinaire.

And what's the pièce de résistance on the Andorran plate? Enter escudella, a hearty stew boasting an eclectic mix of sausages, chicken, veal, pig snout, ears, trotters, and whatever else they can toss in. It's a culinary fiesta simmering in a broth of stock, pasta, vegetables, and pulses. Each family, of course, adds its own flavor to the pot. And just to be clear, I'd leave the cooking of this dish to the seasoned pros!

With influences from Spain, France, and its own blessed location teeming with freshwater lakes and sprawling lands for raising animals, Andorran cuisine is a melting pot of deliciousness. And what better way to experience this than with a taste of Andorran Dal Puri – a savory lentil-stuffed flatbread that's a culinary love child of Trinidad and Tobago's Dal Puri and Andorran spices.

Now, grab your apron, because we're about to embark on a flavor-packed journey. In this Andorran adaptation, we're jazzing up the dough with olive oil and all-purpose flour, infusing it with the essence of Andorran spices like cumin, coriander, and turmeric. The red lentil filling? Pure bliss. Here's a quick rundown of our Andorran Dal Puri magic:

First, knead that dough into submission and let it chill. Meanwhile, cook up those red lentils until they're tender, sauté some onions and garlic until golden brown, then mix in the lentils with a sprinkle of cumin, coriander, turmeric, and salt. Let those flavors dance, then let the filling cool.

Now, it's showtime! Roll out the dough, spoon in that delectable lentil filling, fold, roll, and fry it up until golden brown and crispy. Serve it hot with your favorite chutney or yogurt dip. Remember, treat your ingredients with love – rinse those lentils, use extra virgin olive oil, and toast those spices for an extra kick.

Feeling adventurous? Spice it up with chili powder or cayenne pepper. Experiment with herbs and spices, serve it as a main dish or appetizer – the possibilities are as vast as Andorra's mountain peaks. Leftovers? Pop 'em in an airtight container, and when you're ready for round two, reheat in a toaster or oven.

So, there you have it, a culinary escapade through the hidden wonders of Andorra, wrapped in the warm embrace of a delightful Dal Puri. Serve it hot, relish the flavors, and revel in the joy of a dish that captures the spirit of a nation tucked away in the heart of the mountains. Bon appétit, my fellow culinary explorers!

Now, let's embark on the culinary journey of crafting this savory Lentil Stuffed Pizza – a tantalizing taste of Andorra that marries the essence of Trinidad and Tobago's Dal Puri with the unique flavors of Andorran cuisine. Brace yourselves for a delectable fusion that'll transport your taste buds to the hidden gem nestled between France and Spain.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes. Cooking Time: 30 minutes. Total Time: 60 minutes.

Ingredients:

For the Dough:

- 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour.

- 1 tablespoon olive oil.

- 1/2 cup (120ml) water.

- 1/2 teaspoon salt.

For the Lentil Filling:

- 1 cup (200g) red lentils.

- 2 cups (480ml) water.

- 1 small onion, finely chopped.

- 2 cloves garlic, minced.

- 1 teaspoon cumin powder.

- 1 teaspoon coriander powder.

- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder.

- Salt to taste.

- 2 tablespoons olive oil.

Nutrition:

- Calories (kcal / KJ): 320 kcal / 1340 KJ.

- Fat (total, saturated): 8g, 1g.

- Carbohydrates (total, sugars): 50g, 2g.

- Protein: 12g.

- Fiber: 8g.

- Salt: 1g.

Preparation:

Step 1:

In a large mixing bowl, embark on the dough journey by combining all-purpose flour, olive oil, water, and salt. Knead the dough with love until it achieves the smooth and elastic glory it deserves. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it bask in its magnificence for 30 minutes.

Step 2:

Rinse those red lentils under the cold embrace of water until clarity reigns. In a saucepan, bring water to a rolling boil and introduce the lentils. Cook for approximately 15 minutes or until they achieve tenderness. Drain excess water and set the lentils aside.

Step 3:

In a separate pan, let olive oil sizzle over medium heat. Toss in the finely chopped onion and minced garlic, letting them dance until golden brown.

Step 4:

Enter the cooked lentils to join the aromatic fiesta in the pan. Mix with gusto. Sprinkle in cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, and a pinch of salt. Let the flavors waltz together for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let the filling cool – it's like a flavor symphony taking a bow.

Step 5:

Divide the dough into small, adorably round balls. Roll each ball into a circle, around 6 inches in diameter, like little culinary masterpieces in the making.

Step 6:

Now comes the magic – place a spoonful of the lentil filling in the heart of each dough circle. Fold the edges with care, sealing the delectable secret within.

Step 7:

Gently roll out these stuffed wonders into flatbreads, about 8 inches in diameter. It's like crafting edible art!

Step 8:

Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Cook each flatbread for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they boast that irresistible golden brown crispiness.

Step 9:

Serve the Andorran Dal Puri hot, with your favorite chutney or yogurt dip. It's time to savor the fruits of your culinary adventure.

Treat Your Ingredients With Care:

- Red Lentils: Rinse thoroughly before cooking to bid farewell to any impurities.

- Olive Oil: Opt for extra virgin olive oil, the hero with a distinct flavor and health benefits.

- Cumin, Coriander, and Turmeric: Toast these spices before grinding for an extra oomph of flavor.

Tips & Tricks:

- For a spicier escapade, add a pinch of chili powder or cayenne pepper to the lentil filling.

- Dive into the realm of experimentation, playing with different herbs and spices to customize the flavor of your flatbread.

- Serve the Andorran Dal Puri as a majestic main dish with a side of salad or as an appetizer accompanied by chutneys and dips.

- Leftover flatbreads can find solace in an airtight container, awaiting their glorious revival in a toaster or oven.

- If you fancy a softer texture, embrace the magic of melted butter, brushing the cooked flatbreads before serving.

Serving Advice:

- Present the Andorran Dal Puri hot, either as a standalone dish or paired with a side of yogurt dip or chutney. Elevate the visual appeal with a sprinkle of fresh cilantro leaves.

Presentation Advice:

- Arrange your Andorran Dal Puri on a platter, allowing the golden brown flatbreads to showcase the vibrant lentil filling. Pair with a side of colorful chutneys or dips for a visual feast.

Yields:

4 servings.

There you have it – a symphony of flavors, a burst of creativity, and a dash of Andorran magic on your plate. Indulge, savor, and relish in the delightful taste of Andorra brought to life in every bite of this savory Lentil Stuffed Pizza. Buon appetito!

All the more, let's talk Trinxat. It's the Andorran specialty that's like a culinary love affair between potatoes, cabbage, and bacon. Picture this – they all get together in a pan, fry up into a hash pancake, and end up as the stars of our pizza show. We're not just talking about any pancake; we're talking about a savory, crispy, and downright delicious pancake that'll have you questioning why you haven't put these ingredients on a pizza before.

Ingredients (Serves 4):

  • 1 green cabbage, cored and quartered

  • 1 lb potatoes, peeled and quartered (about 3 medium)

  • 3 strips bacon, diced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley

  • Olive oil

  • Salt, pepper

Method:

  1. In a pot filled with water that's salty enough to make a sailor blush, boil those potatoes and cabbage until they're as tender as a heartfelt ballad. Drain them thoroughly, then throw them back in the pot over low heat, letting them steam dry a bit. Now, here comes the fun part – mash those veggies up, add the minced garlic, and mix it all together like you're conducting a potato-cabbage symphony.

  2. Meanwhile, in a skillet, let that bacon sizzle away over medium heat until it's as crispy as a well-timed punchline.

  3. Crank up the heat to medium-high, throw our mashed potato-cabbage goodness on top of the bacon, and press it into the pan. We're talking about making a flat pancake-like-flatbread-pizza crust here, folks. And for that extra oomph, add masa harina flour by the spoonful. Now, here's where we get creative – for that Andorran, New Mexican American touch, sprinkle some New Mexican green Chile goat or Monterey Jack cheese on top. Cook until the bottom is golden brown, then slide it under the broiler until the top is hot and slightly golden. Bam!

  4. Flip that masterpiece onto a serving platter, bacon side up. Oh, the aroma!

  5. Now, it's topping time. Whip up your favorite toppings separately on the stove – maybe some stewed goodies that'll make your pizza the talk of the town.

And there you have it, my friends – an Andorran Trinxat-inspired pizza that's not just a meal; it's a celebration of flavors, a dance of ingredients, and a journey into uncharted pizza territories.

Andorran Style Cheese

Alright, check this out: because we're about to dive into the wild world of Andorran "Brossat Cheese" – a cheesy adventure ride for your taste buds. Imagine this: a cheese born out of the agricultural and livestock hustle in the picturesque land of Andorra. It's not just any cheese; it's fresh, it's traditional, and it's got a story to tell.

Now, this Brossat cheese isn't your run-of-the-mill dairy delight. No, sir! It's got history, it's got flair, and it's got a passport to other nearby regions like the Balearic Islands and parts of southern Catalonia. They call it "brull" in those parts, and it's not just for pizzas; it's the secret ingredient for cakes in flavors that'll make your taste buds do the cha-cha – cinnamon, mint, you name it!

And the star of the show? The one and only cardoon. Picture this: a wild plant that's the rebel cousin of the artichoke, also known as the artichoke thistle. Now, we're not talking about just any part of the cardoon – we're talking about its blue stamens. Yeah, you heard me right – the blue stamens are the VIPs here.

Now, let's get to the nitty-gritty – the recipe. You start by bringing the milk to a boil, then let it cool down a bit. But hold your horses, because the night before this cheese fiesta, you soak the cardoon in water overnight. The next day, you chop that cardoon finely, strain it like it's hitting the gym, and add the whole shebang to the milk. Stir it up, let it cool, strain it again – it's like a cheese symphony, people!

Serve it up with sugar or honey, and guess what? It's mild. So mild, it's like a cheese whisper in your mouth. And here's the kicker – it gets even better if you use sheep's milk. Yeah, we're taking this cheese to the next level.

Now, let's break it down for you, so you can try your hand at Andorran cheesemaking. Ingredients for the Brossat: 50 grams of cardoon, 2 liters of milk. That's it – simple, right? But there's a catch – this isn't just a recipe; it's a piece of culinary history straight from the book "Cuina casolana d’Andorra" by Maria Dolors Ribes Roigé, edition June 1991. You're not just making cheese; you're channeling the culinary wisdom of Andorra!

So, in the world of Andorran Brossat cheese, we're not just talking about a pizza topping; we're talking about a cheesy legend that's been passed down through generations. So, go ahead, grab that cardoon, wrangle up some milk, and let's make history – one delicious cheese wheel at a time! And remember, when in doubt, just add more cheese. This is Dan Pashman, signing off with a cheesy grin – happy cheesemaking, folks!