Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Spanish tapas ten essential

As you know, Spanish cuisine has a wide variety of dishes, tapas, ingredients and traditions. From north to south, you can enjoy the finest meats, fish, vegetables, rice, and tastiest recipes of Europe. But what stands out is the perfect combination of amazing flavours and healthy properties of Spanish dishes. In recent year, and every day more, new recipes are discovered and have success not only for their taste, but for its exotic charm, and especially how healthy is the use of olive oil, the basic ingredient of the Mediterranean diet.

But, what are those top dishes or tapas you must try when visiting Spain? We have listed the top ten, so you have any doubts when ordering in a restaurant on your next Spanish adventure.

Spanish Jamon and Chorizo (Spanish cured ham and Spicy red sausage)

Best hams are Iberian and Teruel. You can try chorizo ‘a la sidra’ (with cider).

Gambas al ajillo (Garlic Prawns)

Medium and small size prawns cooked with garlic and pepper.

Paella (Spanish rice from Valencia)

Most known and recognized dish from Spain.

Pulpo a la gallega (Galician Octopus)

Boiled octopus, then garnished with paprika and salt.

Pescado frito (Fried fish)

Especially sardines and anchovies. Find best fried fish in the south.

Tortilla española (Spanish Omelet)

With potato and onions. Most traditional tapa.

Gazpacho (Cold tomato soup)

It’s a liquid salad actually: cold tomato soup with chunks of  vegetables.

Queso manchego (Spanish sheep cheese)

A hard sheep cheese from Castilla La Mancha region.

Patatas bravas (Spicy fried potatoes)

Chopped and fried potatoes with a really spicy paprika sauce.

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