Spanish food is definitely one of the reasons why we love Spain. No one can stay indifferent to its delicious flavors and culinary delicacies. For sure, this is something that will make your trip to this incredible country even better! Visit local bars, restaurants, and taste as many of the Spanish dishes as possible, but before, we recommend you the list of five of them - the dishes that represent its taste, culture, history, traditions. These are dishes with the taste of Spain, so in any case, don't miss a chance to discover all of them!
1. Tortilla Española
Tortilla Española is also called a "Spanish Omelette". This is not a typical tortilla all of us have used to. In fact, this is a dish that consists of an egg omelette made with potatoes and fried in vegetable oil. This is a typical Spanish dish. Very often it can be also cooked with additional ingredients, for example, ham, mushrooms, cheese, or different vegetables, such as peppers, peas, onion, etc. This is an easy, fast and nutritious dish that you may get at most of the food places in Spain, and after your trip, there is nothing easier than to learn how to cook it at home!
As you know, Spain is a really hot country, so during summer it makes almost impossible to eat hot dishes. Solutions? Cook it cold! Spanish creativity went so far that they created even a cold soup, which name is gazpacho. It is made of raw vegetables and served cold, usually with a tomato base. This soup has an old ancient origin and many legends around it. Sometimes it can be also cooked with avocados, cucumbers, parsley, watermelon, grapes, meat stock, seafood, and other ingredients. However, this is the best what you can get during hot summer days! Refreshing and cool, it will be one of the best dishes you will taste in Spain!
Tapas are a wide variety of appetizers, or snacks, in Spanish cuisine. They may be cold (such as mixed olives and cheese) or hot (such as chopitos, which are battered, fried baby squid). Usually they are served before the main course comes to your table. In most of bars and restaurants in Spain there is such a huge choice of different kinds of tapas, that you will want to order all of them, and will not even mind to have them as a full meal! Tapas are an important part of Spanish culture, and the process (and the result) of preparing them has become a real art!
Paella is another famous "must eat" dish in Spain. Paella is a rice dish, that is coming from Valencia region. It has long history with ancient roots. Except the traditional Valencian, through centuries, different types of paellas were created, such as seafood paella, mixed paella, and many others as well. Valencian paella is believed to be the original recipe and consists of white rice, green beans, meat, white beans, snails, and seasoning such as saffron and rosemary. Another very common but seasonal ingredient is artichoke. Seafood paella replaces meats with seafood and omits beans and green vegetables. Mixed paella is a free-style combination of land animals, seafood, vegetables, and sometimes beans. Doesn't matter which one of them you choose, paella is an indeed important reason to fall in love with Spain and its cuisine!
And the last, but for sure not least, things we would like to mention is not really food, but also an important part of Spanish culture and traditions - sangria. This drink consists of wine, chopped fruit, a sweetener, and a small amount of added brandy. It also has different variations, for example, chopped fruit can include orange, lemon, lime, apple, peach, melon, berries, pineapple, grape, kiwifruit and mango; a sweetener such as honey, sugar, syrup, or orange juice is added. However, this is always a perfect drink for hot summer nights!
As you see, Spanish cuisine is a reason to travel to Spain, a reason to fall in love with this country and to come there again and again. Don't be afraid of calories, just simply enjoy your meal with a glass of sangria and may your every minute in Spain be full off joy and happiness!