What dishes to try in Spain (part 2)
Hamon (Hamon) What meat dishes should you try in Spain? First of all-the famous dry-cured ham ham. It is prepared from the hind legs of pigs, sprinkled with plenty of salt. After salting there is a drying process which in different areas and climatic conditions lasts from 6 to 36 months. The last stage of drying takes place in cellars with a special microclimate, hams ripen in limbo, acquiring a unique aroma and taste. The meat is cut very thin. Doing this professionally trained person – cortador – with a special knife and a stand for cutting (jamonera). If in a restaurant you see someone eating ham on a piece of bread, it means that this person is a foreigner. The Spaniards will never do so, so as not to lose the purity of taste. Jamon is traditionally served with olives and a glass of sherry. In Spain there is a special institution – jamoneria where you can eat different types of jamon. In stores the price for 1 kg starts from 20-30 €. Ham marked with the national mark of quality, costs from 80 €, and an exclusive sort of Belotta – 300 €. Chorizo (Chorizo) Food in Spain is different piquancy, and if you are wondering what to try from sausages, be sure to opt for spicy pork chorizo. Its red-orange color it owes to a large number of paprika, which in the preparation is the main spice. In the cold season, the Spaniards finely cut chorizo and add to stews, chowders or soups. Also, sausage is baked in the oven with eggs and potatoes or simply served with pasta. Well, when there is no time for cooking, a delicious sausage is eaten simply with bread. Only it is important to know that chorizo is dry-cured sausage, and meat for it is used chopped in large slices. If it is produced recently, it must be extinguished, baked or fried. You can eat chorizo raw only when it has been dried for at least 3 months. The price of sausage in Spanish stores starting from 8 € per 1 kg. Potato tortilla (Tortilla de patatas) What else should I try in the kitchen Spanish is a delicious potato tortilla – scrambled eggs with slices of onions and potatoes, fried in olive oil. It is usually prepared for Breakfast. But many bars put tortillas on bread or a bun and serve as tapas. There is a version that the first tortilla, made in the XIX century peasant woman, whose quartered stopped the leader of the carlists of the Spanish by Thomas de Zumalakarregi. She began to think what to give the General to eat, because there were only onions, eggs and potatoes in the house. Thus was born the tortilla, which today is in any Spanish cafe or supermarket. In restaurants in Madrid or Barcelona you can try it, paying about 10 €. Cake Santiago (Pastel De Santiago) What is delicious to eat in Spain from desserts? Start your sweet journey with Galician almond cake “Santiago”, which is known since the XVI century. The recipe was invented in the capital of the Autonomous Spanish region of Santiago de Compostela. The national dessert was named in honor of the patron Saint of the country – the Holy Apostle Santiago. In the Middle ages, the cake was considered exquisite and expensive because of the high price of almonds. Now this delicacy can be tasted in any region of Spain. Since the twentieth century, the cake is a traditional Spanish dessert. The name “Santiago” can be assigned only to the dessert, which was produced in the country. To prepare the cake using almond flour, butter, lemons, sugar and nuts. Be sure to decorate the top with powdered sugar, highlighting with a special stencil cross Santiago. Served with fine Galician wines. The cake “Santiago” has a long shelf life, so many tourists take it as a souvenir from Spain to family and friends. The cost of the cake weighing 700 g from 12 €. Churros (Churros) Be sure to try for Breakfast an interesting sweet dish of Spanish cuisine called “churros”. This dessert is loved all over the world. It is prepared from custard dough, deep-fried or baked. Churros are sold in cafes and restaurants, on street stalls. Delicious delicacy sprinkled with cinnamon or powdered sugar, in some institutions it is stuffed with cream or chocolate. It is best to try churros, dipped in hot chocolate, sipping aromatic Spanish coffee with cream. Price per serving 3-4 €.