Highlights of Spanish Cuisine

by salsachica

In some of our older posts we discussed Spanish drinks so now it’s time to see what Spaniards have to offer in terms of food. The Spanish cuisine is just as spicy and diverse as the country itself. Meat is the most common ingredient, especially pork, chicken, mutton and beef. Fish in Spain is widely available – many Spanish markets sell fresh oceanic fish in the morning and restaurants will prepare it in a variety of ways. Vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, lettuce and beans are used in the preparation of salads, soups and stews. The following dishes might be as well considered as the highlights of Spanish cuisine as they have reached international fame:

Tapas

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Tapas is probably the most common dish you will encounter in you visit through Spain. Actually the word ‘tapas’ doesn’t refer to a particular dish, but designates the snacks served before a meal or accompanying drinks in a bar.  It also refers to the type or pub or bar serving them. Tapas can be small sandwiches, spicy meatballs, fried squid or even small portions of salad.

Paella

This rich, consistent food is one Spanish dish you have no reason to miss. Paella can be made in any quantities and using any ingredients, but the classic recipe uses rice, tomatoes, snails, as well as a combination of several types of meat.  There is a variety of paella made exclusively with seafood, which is no wonder considering that the dish originates in Valencia, a city at the Mediterranean sea. Paella is prepared in a flat pan and spiced up with saffron.

Gazpacho

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This fresh, cold soup is the perfect accompaniment for a hot summer day. The best thing about gazpacho is that you can prepare it yourself quite easy, all you need are fresh tomatoes, onions, garlic, other optional vegetables and a blender. Mix everything up, mince it quite well and you’ve obtained a delicious, refreshing soup.

Tortilla de Patatas

Tortilla de Patatas, also known as ‘Spanish omelet’, is a very basic and delicious dish. As you might have guessed already, the main ingredients used for its preparation are potatoes and eggs. Other ingredients might be added, as well, but it’s mandatory to use olive oil for frying as this gives the omelet its typical flavor.

Chorizo

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Chorizo is another Spanish delight, a pork sausage with a red-orange color and irresistible aroma. Chorizo can be fresh, in which case it can be boiled or fried, or dry and smoked, when it is served as an appetizer. Chorizo owes its specific color to a decent amount of smoked paprika.

 

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