Croquettes, cold cuts such as chorizo ââand jamon, calamari, paella, olives, roast suckling pig, bravas-potatoes sautÃ©ed in sauce or anchovies are all superb Spanish dishes to enjoy at home or during a stay in Spain.
Small towns off the beaten track, like Segovia, offer gastronomic specialties that wow and delight the palate. In Segovia, try the salted roast suckling pig. For vegetarians, the gorgonzola-based cream sauce over pear ravioli is mind-blowing and memorable. Fresh burrata on a homemade thin crust pizza with pesto and basil may not be your typical Spanish cuisine, but remarkable all the same!
Creamy bechamel croquettes made with ham, queso or cod are a delicious way to start a meal or end the day as a snack. The inside is tasty and kissable the tongue, while the outside should have a bit of crunch after being fried. They can be found in restaurants from tapas to fine dining establishments. Everyone has their favorite recipe and claims to have the best croquettes in town. They happen to make great snacks in the car if you are traveling with the family!
Paella is another popular dish that can be found in most cities in Spain. Variety of seafood, chicken or vegetarians, this colorful and nutritious main course is a feast for the eyes and the soul. Rice-based and radiant, it offers hearty portions for hungry travelers. The saffron threads give the rice a yellow tint and a subtle flavor. While many will present the dish, it has had a place on the Spanish table for the ease with which it can be assembled and the numbers it can feed well.
Patatas Bravas, fried potatoes with sauces, like the original bravas sauce, garlic mayonnaise, mojo Verde or mojo Picon are served in tapas bars and mercados. It is said that the bravas started in Madrid and gained popularity. The key ingredient in the most common sauce is chili, or smoked paprika. Pimenton dulce (sweet) and spicy (spicy) are often combined to create the signature sauce. Today, chefs are getting creative with sauces that can accompany chunks of fried potatoes. Some add queso, while others even add ham and figs to the mix. Regardless of the colorful combination, this filling side dish can be a meal. It’s quick, dirty and delicious!
You don’t have to be in Spain to enjoy the above flavor festival. Recipes are plentiful on the Internet and in cookbooks. Sometimes recreating a fantastic culinary find on a trip can bring back great memories and create new ones. Solid Spanish food, time eaten in Malaga, Valladolid or Manhattan, is always superb and special. Add sangria to any meal for a little more summer fun!