What dishes to try in Spain (part 1)
Traditional Spanish cuisine is a curious mixture of Christian, Arab, Jewish culinary traditions. Most often used in cooking meat and seafood: oysters, shrimp, mussels. As in Greece and Italy, there are very fond of fresh vegetables and olive oil. Snacks and soups, a variety of sausages are very popular. And the main dishes – and does a different story! So, what should a tourist try in Spain? What is the main national food cooked from, when and with what? Tapas Traditional Spanish tapas dishes are served as an appetizer to wine or beer. We can say that this concept is dimensionless. Any light food falls under it: from chips, olives and nuts to pork kebab. But most often it’s still small sandwiches, and each institution they are special. Spaniards even like to have fun: for the evening to visit as many bars, drinking in each a glass of wine or beer and eating a specialty snack. The name “tapas “is translated into Russian as”cover”. But really in ancient times in Spain, these small sandwiches were covered during a meal with glasses of drinks, so that they do not get dust or midges. In Spanish catering establishments can be ordered as individual tapas (their price starts from 1,8€) and plates with assorted (tapas sets, the cost of 14,95 €). Bread with tomatoes (Pan con tomates) in Spanish cuisine there are national dishes that at first glance may seem banal. This is how many people think about the traditional Catalan snack of bread with tomatoes. Of course, until you try this splendor. Believe me, it is simply impossible to come off! In Spain, a rare lunch or dinner begins without Pan con tomates, and a picnic in nature without it is unthinkable. For the preparation of delicious national snacks use the best products. Bread only varieties “rustic” in the form of fragrant round loaf with crispy crust. Tomatoes, too much brown, small and very juicy, to the point passed on the bread slice. The bread is dried on the fire until a Golden crust appears, then rubbed with garlic and tomato pulp, salted and poured with rustic olive oil. In the Spanish cafe serving such delicious bread is from 2.1 €. Gazpacho (Gazpacho) what you should definitely try in Spain of food, so it’s a real gazpacho. The dish belongs to the category of cold light soups, served in the hot season, prepared from fresh vegetables, ground to a puree. Gazpacho belongs to vegetarian cuisine, as it does not contain animal fats. The soup is not just cold, but very cold, because it is used for cooking crushed ice. To it add products, spices and sauce, then grind everything to a puree state and to complete thawing of the ice. Then add olive oil and immediately served to the table with crispy crackers. The most popular varieties of gazpacho are legumes and tomatoes. You can eat one of the most popular Spanish soups in inexpensive cafes for about 5 €. Choosing what to eat in Spain from the first dishes, stop attention on a hearty thick soup of white beans with smoked meat (sausages, pork ham, black pudding) and salted bacon. It got its name due to the main component – large Asturian white beans. In size, it is three times larger than other legumes. It has an amazing taste and very thin skin. This traditional national dish belongs to the cuisine of the Northern Spanish province of Asturias. In restaurants served in large tureens, the price per serving-in the range of 10-12, 50 €. Paella (Paella) worldwide paella is considered the national dish of Spain, while in the country it belongs to the traditional cuisine of Valencia. It is from the Valencian word “paella”, which translates as “pan”, takes its name delicious paella. The main feature of this delicious dish is the harmony of seemingly incompatible products. The basis of the food is rice, lightly tinted with saffron, olive oil, white wine and spices. Additives can be various: from chicken and vegetables to fish and seafood. In some areas of Spain, paella with beans is prepared. Locals claim that there are about 300 varieties of this dish. At least one of them is worth trying for sure, for example, mixed with rabbit meat, chicken and snails. Depending on the amount of ingredients and the level of the institution, a portion of paella in Spain costs from 5 to 20 €.