It’s Julia again! Today we are going to talk about traditional Spanish food. Spanish gastronomy enjoys a wide variety of delicious dishes and is considered one of the best cuisines in the world. Next, I am going to show you the most typical dishes and what you must try if you go to Spain. Get ready, it will make you want to lick your fingers!
1. TORTILLA DE PATATA
It can be considered the typical Spanish dish par excellence and you will find two opposing sides between those who defend that the authentic one is made without onion and those who assure that this ingredient is essential for a good omelette. Without getting into controversy, what you are sure is eggs and potatoes. There are many bars in Spain whose star dish is precisely this.
There is a great variety of versions, although the Valencian paella is the authentic one. It is made with Valencian rice, chicken, rabbit, snails, white beans, tender grain beans, green beans, garlic, tomato, paprika, oil, salt and saffron. One tip: nothing like savouring it freshly made on a terrace on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
3. EL COCIDO MADRILEÑO
One of the most complete dishes of Mediterranean cuisine is the Madrid stew, in which endless ingredients are mixed to face the winter: chickpeas, jelly-like meat, half a hen, chorizo, blood sausage, a salty pork foot, a ball (minced meat, breadcrumbs, 1 egg and spices), a cabbage, onion, cabbage, green beans, rice, bacon, ham, oil and garlic. With almost 3 hours of preparation, the result is a powerful, very tasty stew. One of the mythical places where you can try it in the most traditional way is at the Casa Carola restaurant (Calle Padilla, 54 local right, Madrid).
4. PATATAS MENEADAS
The “Patatas meneadas” are what we call in Salamanca, my city, the tumbled potatoes, they are a typical dish in cold weather. This is a dish that usually like equally to children and adults. It is a very caloric dish, whose ingredients are potatoes, bacon or pork belly, garlic, cumin, peppers, and oil.
5. PULPO A LA GALLEGA
The “Pulpo a la Gallega” is a very special dish in Galicia. A classic dish that you usually find at different festivals and fairs throughout the Galician territory, regardless of whether it is a sea port or inland area. Although it appears to be a simple recipe, the truth is that it has its crumb, as the result will vary greatly depending on the quality of the octopus, and its way of cooking.
6. GAZPACHO ANDALUZ
The “Gazpacho andaluz” is one of the richest and most nutritious summer recipes in Spanish cuisine, and especially in the summer season, when the heat is on. It is a refreshing recipe that provides us with a large amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The ingredients are: tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, chives, garlic, a slice of bread, salt, vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.
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