Eat like a local: foods to try in Spain beyond paella and tapas
Spain is for sure a paradise for foodies. But there is so much more to Spanish cuisine than paella and churros! This time, try typical traditional Spanish food loved by locals, but not necessarily well-known by tourists.
Cocido Madrileño is the ultimate comfort food! It is a hearty stew made from chickpeas, meat (usually pork), vegetables, and spices. The dish originated in Madrid and is considered a traditional Spanish dish. Cocido Madrileño is often served with crusty bread and is a popular winter food in Spain. Here’s the video recipe.
Gachas is a traditional porridge made from toasted or boiled almonds, sugar, and water or milk. The dish originated in the Andalusia region of Spain and was initially a breakfast food for farm workers. Gachas can be served sweet or savoury, and is often garnished with cinnamon, honey, or anise.
Salmorejo (“Andalusian gazpacho”)
Salmorejo is a cold soup made from tomatoes, bread, garlic, olive oil, and vinegar. The dish originated in Spain’s Andalusia region and is similar to gazpacho. Salmorejo is typically served chilled and garnished with chopped hard-boiled eggs and serrano ham, but you can keep it vegan and add e.g. vegan white cheese or leave it without the garnish. Here’s the recipe.
Callos a la Madrileña
Callos a la Madrileña is a traditional dish made from tripe (cow’s stomach), chorizo, and blood sausage. The dish originated in Madrid and is considered a speciality of the city. Callos a la Madrileña is often served with crusty bread and is a popular comfort food in Spain. Try it at home with this delicious recipe.
Huevos rotos (Spanish Broken Eggs)
Huevos rotos is all you will ever need for a perfect brunch. It is a dish made from fried eggs served over a bed of fried potatoes and topped with Serrano ham or chorizo. The dish originated in Madrid and is a popular tapa in Spain. Huevos rotos is often served with crusty bread and is a popular brunch food in Spain. You can also prepare them at home: try this Spanish Broken Eggs Recipe.