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9 Spanish Dishes You Must Try During Your Visit

There is no doubt that the Spanish cuisine is one of the best in the world. In fact, every day that goes by traditional Spanish food gain more and more popularity. On this list, I will include only my favorites dishes that no one should miss out. First and foremost, I eat very healthily, and I am not a huge meat eater. Thanks, mom! They are many Spanish cuisine favorite dishes that I don’t like at all. For example, the churros with chocolate.

In Spain, they eat almost every part of the animals. They eat their ears, tails, balls, heart, etc. With all the pride in the world, I can say that I do not like this types of foods. Yes, I can say that without trying them. 🙅🏽‍♀️ Thank you.

These are the 9 dishes that you have to try while in Spain.

1. Spanish Omelette – Tortilla de patatas

Nothing screams more Spain than a Spanish Omellete. It usually served cold. But if you prefer it a little warm, you only need to ask for it. Depending on the restaurant you can have crazy Spanish tortilla recipes. You can choose to add to your classic egg and potato omelet chorizo, peppers, eggplant, blood sausage, tuna or cheese. These are only a few of the ingredients you can find in a creative Spanish omelet. They never seem to get over innovating with this traditional dish. You can have Spanish tortilla at almost any bar or traditional Spanish restaurant. You can order a piece or a whole tortilla to share with your table or to take away. They usually serve tortilla with rustic bread.

My favorite Spanish omelet: Illunbe, Madrid

I have tried many very delicious tortillas. The problem is that most times when I go back and order tortilla again, it tastes completely different. To be honest, from Illnube I have only tried their tortilla and their tortilla sandwiches. You can order their tortillas to go and enjoy them at home. I like my tortilla with onions and a little bit juice (with raw eggs in the middle). At Illnube they are very much consistent with the flavor, so I always order it with confidence.

2. Huevos Rotos

Huevos rotos are just a decomposed Spanish omelet. It consists of fried potatoes and eggs topped with serrano ham or chorizo. This dish is without a doubt a shot of cholesterol in the purest state. As unhealthy as it is, it’s delicious.

My favorite huevos rotosTaberna Kaixo, Madrid

At this restaurant, you can enjoy the most beautiful served huevos rotos in Spain. Not only you will have Instagram worthy food, but also what I like about their recipe is that the huevos rotos are not drowning in frying oil. Which makes me feel a little less self-conscious while eating them.

3. Paella

Paella is delicious! The best place to taste it is in an arrocería. This type of restaurants specialize on paellas, so they know how to ace them pretty well. Since they are restaurants that use big paella signs to attract tourists, you have to be very careful where you choose to have a paella. Especially in very touristy cities. What they serve is plain rice with color or even a supermarket frozen meal.

My favorite paella: Arroz Abanda

This recipe has fish and seafood diced and already peeled

The most popular paellas are from the Valencia Community. But, you can have a good paella in big cities like Madrid, Barcelona or Seville. The most important thing is to choose a great place. They are many types of paellas. The typical Valencian paella main ingredient includes rabbit meat. In most restaurants, if you wish to have the Valencian paella, you have to say it in advance. Like for example, when you make the reservation. Most restaurants do this paella only by request.

4. Serranitos with Rebujito

Serranito is the typical Andalusian fair sandwich. The serranito has pork meat, fried green pepper, and serrano ham. At some places, they served it with Spanish tortilla too. Serranitos are very simple to make yet very delicious. Rebujito is the most popular alcoholic drink at the fairs. Rebujito consists of a mix of Sprite and manzanilla or fino wine. The most used brand is Tio Pepe. It has a very light and refreshing taste. It’s that kind of drinks that have alcohol in disguise, and when you realize how many jars you have drunk, it’s too late to go back.

My favorite place: Whatever Andalusian Fair

Seville’s fair is the most popular of them all among tourists. However, they are fairs all year round in Andalusia. The most popular ones are in Jerez, Málaga, and Córdoba. Of course, they are not exclusively sold only in the fair kiosks, but they are the best tasting ones. You can order serranitos in almost every traditional neighborhood bar.

5. Gazpacho and Salmorejo

Gazpacho and salmorejo are more or so the same dishes. They both are cold “soups” made out of onion, garlic, peppers, and tomatoes. The only difference is that the gazpacho is served in a glass, more like a drink, and salmorejo is served in a bowl, more like soup. Salmorejo has bread, which makes the vegetables have a thicker consistency.

My favorite salmorejo: Taberna Los Coloniales, Sevilla

It took me five years to get around the idea of a frappé made out of vegetables. In fact, to this day I only like salmorejo. While visiting Andalusía, I always order it.

6. Tostas

Tostas are open sandwiches. They serve a piece of rustic bread with a variety of ingredients combinations on top, the amount of variations depends on the restaurant you visit.

My favorite tosta is topped with caramelized onions and goat cheese, like the one in the picture on top.

7. Patatas Bravas o Braviolis

Patatas bravas are fried potatoes topped with a wonderful red sauce called salsa brava. This sauce is a bit spicy, and it tastes differently between restaurants. Some are spicier than others. Others taste like meat or have an orange color. Patatas braviolis not only are topped with brava sauce but also have alioli sauce. Alioli is like garlic mayo. I  prefer braviolis. Why just have one when you can have two, right?

Foto: Patatas Braviolis Taberna los Coloniales, Sevilla

My favorite braviolis: Taberna Los Coloniales, Sevilla (photo)

Yes, I repeated a favorite restaurant. And you could not have expected me to do anything else with my all-time favorite Spanish restaurant. Every time we visit Andalucía, we must have lunch or dinner there. It has been my favorite traditional Spanish restaurant for more than five years now. Unlike many others, they have been very consistent with their dishes and friendly service. Their brava sauce is home make and insanely good.

8. Croquettes

I really love this little bombs of flavor. Croquettes taste very good! The issue with them is that they are fried and have so many calories. Literally, one of these can have up to 500 calories. If you don’t mind, good for you, enjoy!

Croquettes are very easy to find in Spain. You can almost order them at any traditional Spanish bar or restaurant. Not only you can buy them frozen in supermarkets. But also you can buy them fresh and artisanally made in small boutiques or the mercados. Croqueta y Presumida is a great place to try some artisanal croquettes.

Croquettes are always served in parties and are the go-to dish to order during a meal with friends. Depending on the bar you will have many flavors to choose from. You can get croquettes filled with serrano ham, chorizo, codfish, mushrooms or squid. The options are endless! You can try croquettes of many different flavors in Spain, although the most typical/popular are the ones filled with serrano ham. There is a saying in Spain that says that the quality of a restaurant can be measured by tasting their croquettes or their Spanish tortilla.

I have tried some fantastic croquettes and not so good ones. My all-time favorites croquettes will always be the ones made by my boyfriend grandmother. They are incredible! This lay has so much talent that is amazing. I have seen her made croquetas from scratch in less than 10 minutes by simple using leftovers and bechamel sauce.

Despite I will love to invite you guys over to grandma’s to try them. They will never be enough croquettes for all of you. And if I’m honest, I still have not found croquettes as good as hers. So I don’t know where to send you. But I do promise that I will continue in the hunt for the ideal croquettes.

9.Charcuterie – serrano ham, chorizo, salchichón

I am not the #1 fan of these types of foods. But I do have to come forward and say the quality of charcuterie foods in Spain is extraordinary. Especially the dishes they have built around them. As simple as having a piece of baguette, topped with tomato, olive oil, and serrano ham. This one is my favorite Spanish style breakfast.

It’s very common to order a tray of charcuterie and/or cheese as an appetizer or to snack while having drinks or beer. The prices are insanely low. Even though you are tempted to bring some back with you to the US or PUR, don’t do it. It’s strictly forbidden, and the U.S. Customs will take them away from you. Sad, I know. If you really like this type of foods, then the best you can do is take them in your belly. 🙂

My favorite place: El Museo del Jamón, Madrid

Museo del Jamón is an excellent place to enjoy a traditional Spanish breakfast. You can have coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice, and a sandwich, with serrano ham obviously, for less than 5 euros. They are a few of them in Madrid’s city center. Even though they are a franchise, prices and menus vary per location. In Madrid, I used to visit the one close to the Bernabéu Stadium (Capitán Haya, 15). They have breakfast special every day of the week and have a deli area where you can buy charcuterie and pastries to take away.

 

 

To summarize, these are my favorite Spanish dishes no one should miss. Which is your favorite? Would you add or remove something from my list? Let me know in the comments below!

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