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14 Spanish foods the rest of the world doesn’t understand


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A terrifying jawless fish boiled in its own blood? It looks delicious.

1.

Calçots.

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One of the most popular dishes in Catalonia. Just a lean onion that is cooked over hot charcoal and usually served with a romesco sauce, which is made with garlic, tomato, bread, almonds, red peppers, rosemary, olive oil, of vinegar, salt and pepper. And, yes, you have to try to eat it whole.

2.

Escalivada.

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Roasted vegetables (eggplant, red pepper, onion and tomato) which can be both a main course or a side dish. It’s served soaked in olive oil, so it’s not that easy to eat.

3.

Cachopo.

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You know, just a few beef steaks with ham and cheese between them. Oh, and you also coat it with breadcrumbs and a beaten egg. Then you fry everything and add fries and red pepper to aid digestion.

4.

Morcilla.

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Some of them are made from onions, others are made from rice and some even contain pine nuts. But guess what’s still on them? Pig’s blood. Coagulated blood, to be precise. You have to mix it with lard and other ingredients and put everything in the intestines of the pork. Yeah.

5.

Vegetable sandwich.

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Your usual vegetarian sandwich. But in Spain there will be tuna, eggs and maybe even ham and cheese. But at least there’s some veg on it somewhere.

6.

Migas con chorizo.

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The main ingredient in this dish is … bread. And yet, it is one of the most popular dishes in Spain. The bread should be left aside for it to solidify, then it is sautéed with other ingredients such as chorizo, eggs, raisins or tangerine. There are places where it is considered breakfast food. Truly.

7.

Pipas.

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This is THE snack. Salted sunflower seeds. You break them with your teeth and then throw or spit out the skins. Seriously addicting.

8.

Lamprea cocinada in su sangre.

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You take a terrifying sea monster (seriously, look at it) and boil it in its own blood. It probably started as a ritual to summon some sort of demon, but now it’s a typical dish in Galicia.


9.

Manitas de cerdo.

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There is a Spanish saying that goes something like “there is nothing to lose with a pig”. So obviously the hands (or, well, the legs, but the dish is literally called “little pig’s hands”) would be included.

ten.

Pa amb tomaquet.

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What do you get by rubbing a tomato on a piece of bread? The most popular breakfast in Spain. Take this, croissants.

11.

Berberechos.

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What could be more appetizing than a tin can full of fatty shellfish? You will find these bad boys in every kitchen in Spain.

12.

Porras.

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Just a big ass churro. That’s literally all it is.

13.

Cortezas.

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Fried pork fat. It’s a snack. This is delicious. It is not healthy at all.

14.

Pimientos de padrón.

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Fried salted green peppers. Not so weird, right? Well, some of them are spicy like hell and some aren’t. And there is no way of knowing which are which. They are both tasty. It’s just that some of them will make you want to die afterwards.


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