Food in

Spain

Food In Spain

Perhaps less famous than its European counterparts such as France and Italy, the聽cuisine of Spain聽is equally as tantalising. A cuisine based on quality聽Mediterranean ingredients, the liberal use of聽olive oil聽and the concept of small dishes, known as聽tapas,聽Spanish cuisine聽is reason alone to travel to the country. From classics such as聽paella聽and聽Spanish omelette聽to tasty聽tapas dishes and indulgent sweets, wherever you travel in Spain an unforgettable gastronomic experience is never far away. Here are just a few of the most聽unmissable Spanish dishes聽to enjoy on your next trip!

Tortilla

Known to many as 鈥Spanish omelette鈥, tortilla is something of a controversial dish, with each region in Spain producing its own varieties. Whilst some will argue that an聽authentic tortilla聽can only be made with聽potatoes and eggs, other variations include onions, peas, peppers and chorizo. Tortilla is notoriously thick and is served in slices, often as a聽tapas dish. On the other hand, slices of tortilla can be eaten within a bread roll as a hearty lunch or evening meal.聽Ready-made tortillas聽can also be purchased in supermarkets and eaten cold or warmed up at home.

Patatas Bravas

The go-to dish for newbies to tapas,聽patatas bravas聽are simply fried potatoes accompanied by a聽spicy tomato-based sauce. You鈥檒l find these tasty potatoes on the menus of pretty much any Spanish restaurant and they鈥檙e usually shared between friends as a聽snack when out for drinks.聽You鈥檒l never know how spicy the sauce is until you try it. Different restaurants and bars have their own take on the聽traditional bravas sauce聽so it can be fun trying different restaurants to find your favourite take on patatas bravas!

Paella

There鈥檚 no more famous Spanish dish than聽paella.聽This聽Spanish rice dish聽is embedded in the culture of Spain and it originated in the region of聽Valencia聽on the Mediterranean coast. At any cultural event, celebration or just because it鈥檚 a Sunday, Spanish people will cook and eat paella. It鈥檚 an occasion dish, best prepared in an聽authentic paella pan聽and shared with friends and family. Paella consists of聽saffron-infused rice, cooked in a stock with either聽seafood, vegetables or meats聽such as chicken and rabbit. There are hundreds of different varieties, and today, even vegetarians can find variations to suit their requirements. A聽trip to Spain聽would be incomplete without eating paella, just keep in mind that restaurants usually serve paella for a聽minimum of two people聽so bring your friends and enjoy the most famous dish in Spanish cuisine!

Boquerones

A popular tapas dish,聽boquerones聽are fresh聽anchovies marinated in vinegar聽and olive oil. Usually served up alongside a cold beer, boquerones are the perfect finger food and make a pleasant snack on a warm summer's day. Seasoned with聽garlic and parsley, these tasty fish can be found on the menu of any tapas bar.

Gazpacho

Hailing from the region of聽Andalusia, gazpacho is a聽cold soup, made from聽stale bread, tomato, cucumbers, onion, peppers, garlic and olive oil.聽This is a staple in聽Spanish cuisine, large cartons of it can be purchased at any supermarket. Whilst it may seem counterintuitive to eat soup when it鈥檚 cold, gazpacho is designed to be a聽refreshing聽dish and is best enjoyed in the聽hot summer months. Furthermore, it鈥檚 a thoroughly healthy dish and really showcases the flavors of Spain鈥檚 principal ingredients.

Jamon

Pork is a mainstay in traditional Spanish cooking, and聽Jamon, or cured ham, is integral to many great dishes in Spain. You鈥檒l find聽whole legs of Jamon聽on display in restaurants, supermarkets and bars across the country. Slices of ham are carved from these whole legs and sometimes served as a聽tapas dish聽or used in聽sandwiches聽and other Spanish dishes. You may also find Jamon referred to as聽jam贸n serrano聽in Spain.聽

Pimientos de Padron

Found on any tapas menu or served as a side to meat or fish dishes,聽Pimientos de Padron聽are flame-grilled green peppers, usually sprinkled with a generous pinch of聽salt. Simple yet sensational, these delicious peppers are not usually spicy, but sweet and mild instead.聽Pimientos de Padron聽originated in the聽Galician聽town of the same name in northwest Spain.

Churros

No聽Spanish breakfast聽table is complete without a loaded plate of churros. The eternal appeal of this sweet dish is undeniable, and you鈥檒l find churros on the menu at cafes across the country. Churros are long sausage-shaped pieces of聽deep-fried dough, sprinkled with sugar聽and usually dipped in a steaming mug of聽thick hot chocolate.聽As well as a breakfast dish that you鈥檒l look forward to waking up to, churros are a mainstay of any Spanish festival or event, where you鈥檒l find roadside vendors serving up these delicious, sugary treats!

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