Spanish cuisine continues to be popular worldwide. Although, the ‘Spanish cuisine’ does not actually exist; each Spanish region has developed its own dishes and unique products. The Spanish food culture is different from the English food culture. Spanish people eat main courses twice a day and their breakfasts usually contain of fruit, sweet food and black coffee. However, the food culture differs per region.
The Spanish traditional dishes are described as appetising and simple to prepare. Many tourists visit Spain, not just to experience the culture and enjoy its beautiful landscapes, but also to taste some traditional Spanish dishes.
Tapas bars can be found everywhere in Spain and other countries. You are most likely to have a tapas bar in your city. Tapas are probably one of the most famous Spanish dishes. Tapas are a variety of small snacks shared between a group of people. They are served cold or hot; potato tortilla, patatas brava, cheese and chorizo are a few examples. Calamares fritos are also very common in tapas. They are made of fried squid rings in batter.
Tapas are originally from Andalusia, therefore the best tapas bars can be found in that region of the country.
The first time paella was served, was in the 19th century in Valencia. The ingredients of the traditional paella are rice with chicken, rabbit, snails or seafood.
The name ‘’paella’’ comes from the Latin word ‘’patella’’, which means pan. Paella is traditionally served for the whole family on a round table with the pan in the middle. It is now turned into a festive meal and is usually prepared on Sundays.
Another popular dish that originates from Andalusia is the gazpacho. It is a typical Spanish soup and is served cold. Gazpacho is a healthy meal and full of vitamins. The main ingredients are olive oil, cucumber, tomatoes, garlic, onions and peppers.
Tortilla española (tortilla de patatas) is a typical Spanish dish. It is also known as Spanish omelette, but tortilla española is slightly different from our traditional omelette. Potatoes and eggs are the main ingredients, vegetables are often added to the mixture. Tortilla española is served as a main dish or as a tapa.
Chorizo is the famous spicy sausage. Generally, chorizo sausage is made from pork and paprika powder. The Latin-American version of the chorizo is made out of red meat. Extremadura is the native region of the chorizo. Chorizo has been around since the 17th century.
Crema Catalana is a dessert from Catalonia. It is creamy and has a rich flavour. Crema Catalana is made worldwide as it is easy to make at home. You may know it as Crème brûlée. Though, Crème brûlée is the French version and is somewhat different from the Spanish Crema Catalana. Crema Catalana is served alone or with fruit.
Churros are very popular in Spain and South-American countries. It is made from fried wheat dough and served with melted chocolate or powdered sugar. Churros are often eaten as a dessert in other counties. In Spain, churros are made for breakfast or as a snack.