10 Spanish dishes you should try at least once in your life
Spanish omelette or potato tortilla
Spanish potato tortilla
It is believed that the first mention of the Spanish tortilla dates back to 1817. According to legend, a poor resident of Navarre made a Spanish General potato omelet from all the products that could be found in the house. The assortment was poor — potatoes, onions and a few eggs, but the General liked the dish, and soon the simple recipe became very popular. Nowadays, the traditional tortilla can be enjoyed in any Spanish city – from Seville to Barcelona and La Coruna. World-renowned chef Ferran Adria offers a tortilla recipe from potato chips, and Skyscanner recommends trying the classic Spanish potato omelet at La Casa de las Tortillas and La Panela.
2. Andalusia and its secret escape from the sweltering heat — gazpacho
In the summer months in the South of Spain there is no better escape from the heat than a well-chilled tomato soup gazpacho. In addition to tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, olive oil and garlic are added to it, and served, as a rule, with toast and red pepper. According to one of the culinary legends, the soup was invented by Spanish muleteers, who always had the above products at hand. Today it is a traditional Spanish dish — one of the most famous tomato soups in the world. Classic gazpacho awaits you in Doña Elvira and Bodeguita Casablanca.
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3. Paella-the famous dish of Valencia
Today in Spain you can find many variations of the famous paella, but in any case, its mandatory ingredient is rice. Traditionally, rural Spain made paella with the products that were available to them, adding to the rice chicken, rabbit and typical Valencian vegetables — for example, Lima beans or sugar beans. But over the centuries, the paella recipe has undergone a number of changes, and today in Spain the most popular rice with seafood, such as shrimp and cuttlefish. Classic paella can be tasted on the beaches of Valencia, and among them Skyscanner recommends paying attention to the restaurant La Pepica.
4. Navarre and her unique cuttlefish in their own ink
Squid and cuttlefish in ink cuttlefish-Spanish dish
Cuttlefish ink spilling on a plate can first confuse an unprepared tourist. But once you try this unusual dish, all fears will disappear. When preparing cuttlefish, as a rule, a little trick is used — its own ink is used for flavor, and artificial ones are added for color intensity. Onion, garlic, parsley, Cayenne pepper and an indispensable glass of wine add piquancy to the dish. On this Spanish site you will find one of the best homemade recipes, but if you prefer to entrust the preparation of cuttlefish Spanish professionals, the perfect place to taste this dish will be the bar Koistha.
5. Delicious mackerel with a taste of the Basque Country
The pride of Basque cuisine-dry white wine chakoli, which is often used in the preparation of traditional dishes of the Basque Country. One of them — horse mackerel with chakoli. Fish is usually cooked in a saucepan, adding tomatoes, onions, carrots, leeks, garlic, oil and, of course, a glass of chakoli. The ideal Basque mackerel with chakoli can be tasted in the restaurant RK, which has been specializing in traditional Basque cuisine since 1998.
6. Teruel Migas — simple and tasteful
It is impossible to visit Teruel and Teruel not try the Migas. It is prepared quite easily-the bread is cut, soaked for a day in salted water, and then fried with oil and garlic, stirring constantly. The result is a very unusual, tasty and hearty dish of bread crumbs, somewhat reminiscent of couscous. For greater saturation of taste in Migas, you can add pieces of pork, sausage or even grapes. Checked the place where Migas is cooked just perfectly, the restaurant La Fondica.
7. Catalan eggplant with pepper-a fragrant snack
Spanish eggplant escalivada
To make Catalan eggplant with red pepper, the vegetables are held over an open fire or grilled until the skin turns black. Then cover with a plate and cool, after which the eggplant and pepper are cleaned and cut into strips. Tip: do not try to cool vegetables under cold water — so they will lose their juice, which gives the dish a characteristic taste and aroma. In most places, the vegetables are served toasted bread soaked in tomato juice and oil, with anchovies and onions, and sometimes with tuna. Be sure to order Catalan eggplant with red pepper, if you find yourself in the institution Origens.
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8. The best dish for a winter day is Madrid stew
One of the most vivid and hearty Spanish dishes is Madrid stew. It includes many ingredients: chickpeas (Turkish beans), jellied meat, chicken, smoked sausage, black pudding, meatballs, cabbage, onions, green beans, rice, bacon, ham, butter and garlic. After almost three hours of gentle languor turns out very tasty, warming and, last but not least on a winter day, a hearty meal. If you want to conquer your guests with Madrid stew, first try it in the traditional version in the restaurant Casa Carola.
9. Cake “Santiago” – Galician dessert with a long history
Spanish Santiago cake
The recipe of this dessert with a characteristic nutty taste has been known since the XVI century. Traditional Galician cake “Santiago” is made of flour, butter, almonds, sugar, eggs and lemons. In Spain, the cake is necessarily decorated with powdered sugar in the form of a cross of Santiago with a special stencil. The perfect complement to the dessert will be a glass of fine Galician wine Liquor Regueiro. The cake “Santiago” has a long shelf life, so in theory you can even bring it from Spain as a gift to friends and family. One of the places where you can try this dessert — bakery Acesta Tenda.
10. Castile sweet cakes, which is impossible to resist
Spanish sweets hojuelas
We conclude the rating of Spanish dishes with the famous Castilian sweets hojuelas (we do not dare to write this word in Cyrillic, although in Spanish it means only “leaf”). This concept includes a number of desserts: all kinds of pancakes with honey or sugar, cereals and chips from any products (for example, apples and dried mango), as well as honey pastries from thin dough, which is always present on the table on all saints ‘ Day and Easter. So, if you see a sign with the word hojuelas, feel free to come and order any dessert. One of the bakeries where you will find Castilian pastries in all its abundance is Pastelería Frías in Valladolid.