7 Most Famous Dishes of The Spanish Cuisine
Have you had Spanish food before? Don't go too far Churro is a Spanish dessert! We have listed the most famous and must-try foods of Spain.
When says to Spanish cuisine, most people think of Paella. There are many varieties of paella, but we would like to introduce you to its traditional form; rabbit or chicken, saffron, rosemary, dried beans, and butter beans, but the most important ingredient is rice grown on the east coast of Spain. Spain's unique olive oil can also make a difference!
The traditional version of paella is believed to originate from the Valencia region. It means “frying pan” in Valencian vernacular. If you like seafood, we suggest you try the seafood paella.
Gazpacho comes from the southern region of the Iberian Peninsula. It is a traditional recipe like paella. It makes a difference with ripe tomatoes and Spanish olive oil. Cold gazpacho can be made on hot summer days.
If you are a dessert lover, we definitely recommend you to try churro with hot chocolate, which is eaten for breakfast but suits every meal. There are many theories about the history of Churro, but we will tell you about one; It is thought to have been brought to Europe from China by the Portuguese.
Churros are fried until crispy. You don't need to find a restaurant to taste these delicious Spanish dishes, you can find street vendors selling churro. It contains water, white sugar, salt, vegetable oil, flour, and cinnamon.
4. PAN CON TOMATE
It is good to eat salty in the morning before churro. Pan con Tomate actually simply means ''Tomato Bread''.
It is believed to originally come from Catalan cuisine, with some sources claiming it was actually invented in the late 19th century. Historians aren't sure when, but it must have been after the 15th century because tomatoes came from America.
Pan con Tomate has different variations; ham, olives, anchovies. Mostly eaten in the breakfast but bars in Spain serve in the night.
Prefer something refreshing on Spain's hot summer days? Sangria traditionally consists of red wine and chopped fruit. You can find Sangria in almost every bar, a restaurant in Spain and Portugal. The literal meaning of sangria is bloodshed in Spanish and Portuguese. We don't know exactly when the invention was made, but it dates back to the 18th century.
Spanish Rioja red wine is used as the main ingredient, mixed with local fruits such as peaches, blackberries, apples, pears and flavored with sugar and orange juice. The Sangria name is under the Protection of European Union Law. Sangria made elsewhere should be labeled German Sangria or Swedish Sangria.
6. FABADA ASTURIANA
Not all of Spain is always warm, but winters are cold and Fabada Astruiana is a great dish for that. We do not know exactly when the fabada tradition, which historians think may have originated in Asturias in the 18th century, began.
First and important, fabes de la Granja (large white beans from Spain) are soaked overnight before using. Others bacon, morcilla, chorizo, chili, garlic, and salt.
7. TORTILLA ESPANOLA
Tortilla Espanola is a Spanish omelet with eggs and potatoes. But the Tortilla Espanola has a legend, it was invented during the siege of Bilbao by Carlist General Tomas de Zumalacarregui as an easy and quick dish to quell the shortages of the Carlist army. Another legend says during the Portuguese Restoration War in 1665. More than 6,000 Spanish soldiers were held in captivity for 3 years until the peace treaty. When these captives were released, they brought Tortilla Espanola and many other recipes.
Tortilla Espanola can be served with or without onions, but we would like to introduce you to the main ingredients; Olive oil, potatoes, salt, pepper, eggs, roasted paprika, Spanish serrano ham.