We really hope you try and love all of our favorite 10 traditional recipes from Spain. We love each and every one.
Of course, everybody knows Tapas and Paella but Spain can offer so much more. We have gathered the traditional recipes from Spain that taste the most like the food we so enjoyed in Spain. Most of these are quite inexpensive if you choose the smaller local diners. Stay away from the tourist areas and instead “Go Local”.
Spanish food is brought forward from long ago with most foods being the same as they were several hundred years ago. Every region of Spain will have different selections all based on the type of food native to their regions. Each area like Catalonia or Valencia will have different foods and with over 50 provinces Spain has a lot to offer. Each trying to claim the name of the best food and best of the traditional recipes from Spain.
These are some of the more famous: Basque, Galician, Asturian and Valencian just to name a few but of course all are equally great. Even in a city like Madrid, you will find that the restaurants and their menus are a direct result of the cooking style of the chef. You will find every type of food in every city.
Probably the most eaten food in Spain is in the Tapas Bars. Tapas are what many people would call finger foods. You walk into Tapas bars and there will be hundreds of offerings including meats, desserts, sandwiches, vegetables, and combinations of food on sticks. We do love the Tapas bars for a quick meal but we prefer the recipes listed below.
A staple of these items in Spain Recipes are Croquettes and you will find them on every menu in Spain but of course, each will have its own ingredients so no two will ever be the same. You will find croquettes made from meats, fish, and vegetarian offerings as well. We have listed the three recipes we love the most of each type for you below so you can begin your Spanish Cookbook.
A. Traditional Recipes From Spain – Fish Croquettes
B. Traditional Recipes From Spain – Spanish Ham Croquettes (Croquetas de Jamón)
C. Traditional Recipes From Spain – Potato Croquetas with Saffron Alioli
Traditional Recipes From Spain
A. Tortilla Espanola
The main choice for a breakfast item is the Tortilla Espanola or Spanish Omelette and the recipes are as varied as the families in Spain. You will find them with potatoes, ham, or a combination of both. The best ones are made with caramelized onion and potato. It is called an omelet but really looks more like a cake it is so thick.
B. Pulpo a la Gallega
4. Spain Paellas
This is, of course, the most famous food dish in Spain. Before we began traveling and tasting food in 2014 I was making plans for my first stop in Barcelona and could not wait for this meal. Many think of it as the national food of Spain but in truth, it has its origins in Valencia and that is where you will find the best dishes. The Valencian version leans towards chicken, rabbit or both along with beans and vegetables. The more famous version is with seafood and rice. We like each of them equally well. Should you find paella with other ingredients like duck be sure and try them as well they are exceptional.
A. Traditional Recipes From Spain – Spicy Duck Paella
B. Traditional Recipes From Spain – Chicken and Rabbit Paella
C. Traditional Recipes From Spain – Seafood Paella
5. Traditional Recipes From Spain – Milk Desserts
A dessert I had not heard of or tried was fried milk or ‘leche frita’ and is on every menu in Spain. It is a unique and truly classic dessert item of Spanish Cuisine. Basically it is a hard outer shell with a milk pudding center and is covered with cinnamon and sugar. The other option when this is not available is Creme Catalan or a version of creme brulee.
A . Traditional Recipes From Spain – Fried Milk Recipe
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