If there’s one thing we have ingrained in our Spanish culture and tradition, it’s the importance of gathering with friends and family around a table. And eating something we love, whether it’s our favorite dish or simply sharing food with our loved ones, can completely change our moods and renew our strength and energy—it makes us feel fantastic.
Summer is the perfect excuse to gather around the dinner table. The days are longer, making it the ideal moment to rest, disconnect, and relax. On these summer days, we want something simple and uncomplicated. And it’s with that same mindset we approach summertime cooking.
Do you ever feel like just thinking about creating a dinner menu can turn into a real headache? Us too. Well, the moment has arrived to stop worrying. Instead, organize simple summer dinners without those elaborate dishes you’re used to cooking.
Tips for Celebrating a Summer Dinner
The great thing about summer is that organizing dinner is so simple. You can eat in your home—in your dining room or on your patio, if you have one. You can eat by the river, on the beach, or in the countryside with the late night summer breeze.
You decide your plan and we’ll give you the tips to make it happen. Here are all the details you need:
Respect your guests’ tastes
Here is the most important tip: respect your guests’ tastes, whether they’re friends or close family. Keeping in mind their preferences is fundamental to creating a lasting memory of the evening.
Choose the right food
Of course, you want food that is quick and easy to prepare, but not so simple that your guests leave hungry at the end of the evening. Choose fresh food that whets people’s appetites and digests easily. You’ll also save on time.
Get the drinks and presentation right
If you opt for a picnic outside, it’s important to choose the proper materials. But if you’re at home, you’ll need to choose the right plates to serve the meal—ones that make your guests hungry just by looking at them.
Pick the beverages according to the quality and style of the Iberian product—ones that pair well. And of course, don’t forget water: it’s important to stay hydrated, especially in the summer.
Create an enjoyable atmosphere
Something to keep in mind, whether you’re preparing a summer dinner outside or inside, is to choose the right environment to enjoy your evening.
You can add decoration if you see fit. For example, dim lights bring a comfortable and cozy touch that’s especially characteristic of summer nights.
Choose Iberian Products
Looking for foods that are fresh, loved by almost everyone, and easy to prepare? Our Iberian products are the ideal fit. Quality Iberian foods are a unique sensory experience that no one can resist, especially in the summer.
Here at COVAP, we are here to tell you about the Iberian products you need on your table this summer. We think sliced Spanish meats are your best bet.
Chorizo is the star food in Spanish homes, shops, and restaurants. In fact, it’s rare to find an establishment that doesn’t have some sort of chorizo tapa on the menu. Everyone loves Acorn-Fed Ibérico Chorizo.
Jamón ibérico is the star product of Spain; it’s the perfect cured meat for any occasion, no matter how special. Whether it’s simply to celebrate a great day, a reunion with friends, or a romantic date with a partner, COVAP’s hand-carved Jamón 100% Ibérico de Bellota is the crown jewel of any event.
One of the other famous cured meats in Spain is lomo (pork loin). Lomo is a cut that comes from the pig’s back, which is why it has hardly any fat.
Our Acorn-Fed 100% Ibérico Pork Loin can be eaten in any form, particularly as a healthy and delicious meal.
Other options to combine with these products
You can combine all these Iberian products with a great cheese, especially cheeses from Spain made with sheep’s or goat’s milk.
If you want to simplify your preparation for summer dinners, check out some of the various packs in our shop. Try a Pack Jamón + Chorizo + Salchichón Acorn-Fed Ibérico for a combination of iconic sliced Spanish cured meats. Or elevate your summer evenings with the Trio Box: Chorizo + Salchichón + Morcilla de Bellota.
In short, serving an assortment of COVAP Iberian products is a guaranteed success for your summer dinners.