Top 10 Spanish foods and where to try them
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Is there even any point pretending food isn't one of the main reasons we all go on holiday? Trying a country's traditional cuisine can be interesting at times, but follow this culinary guide to Spain and you're bound to come away with a few new foodie faves. 1. Hornazo (Salamanca) Hornazo is a densely packed meat pastry filled with chorizo, pork loin and hard-boiled eggs. In other words, Spain’s response to a pasty. It is certainly not for vegetarians or the faint-hearted but does satisfy cravings you didn’t even know you had. This meat-lovers’ paradise is traditionally eaten on Lunes de Aguas, a festival celebrated in April in Salamanca, during which the city’s population take over the riverside to drink, be merry and eat hornazo. 2. Paella (Valencia) Paella: the dish everyone associates with Spain. Dating back to the 19th Century, this dish has certainly been around for a long time, yet is widely recognised within Spain as a specifically Valencian delicacy. With regards to paella’s ingredients, the Jamie Oliver paella palaver a couple of years ago proved that chorizo certainly is not traditionally included. A Valencian paella consists of rice, meat, green beans, snails and saffron. On a trip to Spain, you will undoubtedly find paella on the menu across the country offering many variations on the classic Valencian paella. While generally still tasty, these dishes are nothing in comparison to eating paella from where it originated therefore if in Valencia, be sure to try it. 3. Salmorejo (Andalucia) We all know gazpacho, the cold tomato soup served in Spain. But how about salmorejo? Salmorejo is gazpacho’s cousin, which still has a tomato base but is topped with additional ingredients such as bread, serrano ham and boiled eggs. Salmorejo originates in Cordoba, in the southern region of Andalucía, where soaring summer temperatures make salmorejo the perfect refreshing starter or meal. 4. Pisto (La Mancha, south of Madrid) This Spanish version of ratatouille consists of Mediterranean vegetables including tomatoes, onions, aubergine and peppers. Often served with fried or scrambled eggs, pisto is a delightful dish to try, and can be a refreshing break from the meat and carb-heavy Spanish diet. While pisto originally comes from the region of Castilla de la Mancha, south of Madrid, it can often be found in tapas bars served as a starter or accompaniment to another dish. 5. Pulpo a la gallega (Galicia)
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