If you are a die-hard foodie, Spain is your treasure trove! The sheer number of delicacies that the country offers, can leave you a tad overwhelmed. Right from the Galician-styled octopus to the Valencian paella to the staple Patatas Bravas from Madrid, Spain packs a punch with its flavours, character and gastronomic culture. To ease up your foodie dilemma, here are a few signature Spanish foods you can hog on, while holidaying in Spain!
Attention, rice devourers! If you’re someone who’s up for a bowl of rice at any hour of the day, this delicious, traditional, rice specialty originating in Valencia, is an absolute delight. Prepared in a number of variations, the most traditional version comprises of chicken or rabbit meat (or both) cooked with white rice, vegetables, beans and spices. Even the seafood paella made using clams, prawns and shrimps is equally delectable!
The choicest of red tomatoes make up the main ingredient of this popular Spanish dish. Culminating into a rather refreshing concoction, a mixture of tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, cucumber, onions, salt, wine vinegar and herbs, is blended into a smooth, thick soup. Top up your Gazpacho with ham or a few egg slices, and what you have is an interesting variation!
Pisto (Spanish ratatouille)
A Spanish take on the French delicacy ratatouille, Pisto is an all-time favourite consumed as an appetizer, a tapa, a side dish, or even an individual meal, when served with chorizo or a fried egg. This irresistible ratatouille is made using ingredients like tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, olive oil, zucchini, and courgettes. Packed with so many flavours, Pisto is one of the top foods to try in Spain.
Coming straight from the Asturias region of Spain, Fabada Asturia is a hearty stew made of large white kidney beans cooked with chorizo, bacon, black pudding, saffron, smoked paprika and garlic. Spicy and hearty, this dish is best enjoyed during the winters, typically served with crusty bread and wine. Slurp!
Gambas ajillo (Prawns in fried garlic)
If you are a seafood connoisseur, you can’t visit Spain and NOT sample this heavenly Spanish delicacy. Gambas ajillo is essentially prawns tossed into a pan and cooked to perfection with olive oil, garlic and chilli flakes. Simple, yet inexplicably delectable, it is hard to resist this dish when the aroma of fried garlic takes over your senses!
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Pulpo a la Gallega
Yet another seafood hit, Pulpo a la Gallega is a signature dish from the Spanish region of Galicia. Heaped on top of sliced potatoes, are chunks of juicy, boiled chopped octopus, with a sprinkling of smoked paprika, rock salt and olive oil.
If potatoes play a major role in your life, then you must sample Patatas Bravas while you’re holidaying in Spain. Originating from Madrid, for this recipe, chunks of potatoes are shallow fried and doused with a hot and sweet tangy bravas sauce, made of tomatoes, vinegar, chilli (paprika/cayenne peppers), onions, garlic, and olive oil.
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Churros con Chocolate
For those with a sweet tooth, it would be a sin to miss out on this divine, gastronomical gem! Be it a midnight after-party snack, an afternoon must-have, or an occasional breakfast snack, there is no wrong time to have Churros con Chocolate! Churros are essentially fried dough-pastries dipped in a cup of hot, steamy, rich, thick chocolate sauce.
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