Spain has brought us many great things. From Flamenco music to siestas, from Picasso to the Alhambra – there’s plenty of beauty to discover in this wonderful country. But as true foodies, we obviously appreciate all Spanish things that work up an appetite. And luckily for us, there’s no shortage of good food in Spain.
Let’s have a look at some typical Spanish dishes you have to try when you’re visiting Espana.
Paella is probably one of Spain’s most well-known dishes, and for good reason. Originally from Valencia, the dish quickly conquered the world with her unique mix of flavours. The traditional paella is a mix of chicken and rabbit, but the seafood version is pretty common as well nowadays. This one combines calamari, mussels, clams, prawns and fish and mixes it with some flavourful rice.
If you’ve already tried gazpacho, chances are high somebody made a joke about their soup being cold. For those who don’t know gazpacho, it’s supposed to be cold. Gazpacho (or salmorejo in the south) is a chilled soup made from flavourful Spanish tomatoes. With the necessary touch of salt and vinegar, it’s an ideal dish to cool down on a hot summer’s day.
Croquetas are a Spanish tapa that you’ll find at almost every bar around. This finger food comes in plenty of variations, depending on the local ingredients and the creativity of the cook. Our personal favourites are the ones with ham (jamon), cod fish (bacaloa) and cheese (queso) – but we’d recommend ordering them all and making up your mind for yourself!
The Spanish tortilla is another classic and often found at tapas bars or small tavernas. It would be best described as a Spanish omelette, but uses potatoes as the main ingredient next to eggs. It’s the perfect breakfast to start your day full of energy but can also be squeezed between a sandwich (bocadillo) and served as lunch or afternoon snack.
Pulpo a la Gallega
This signature Galician dish is a must-try when in Spain. The combination of the freshly caught octopus with paprika, salt and olive oil is enough to create an explosion of flavours in your mouth. We’d recommend pairing it with a glass/carafe of white wine and enjoy the beautiful scenery around you.
Even though the Spanish cuisine isn’t too spicy, their national dish patatas bravas is the exception. The dish is made up out of potato cubes that are fried in oil and then served warm with a spicy tomato sauce. The dish is so common all over the country that if you haven’t tried it, we’d advise you to just walk into any random tapas bar and order a portion of it!
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