Tapas is the Spanish specialty par excellence, it is assortments of savory snacks. The name derives from tapa, which means “cover”, as the Spanish had the custom, in cafes, to cover glasses with a slice of ham or chorizo. The Spanish are having a full meal by taking some tapas in several different restaurants so they make a kind of tour of tapas bars. The best thing is to take several tapas to be able to taste everything!
Here is a selection of the best Spanish tapas you shouldn’t miss:
- Gazpacho: a delicious and refreshing soup of cold tomato!
- Salmorejo: a delicious gazpacho with garlic, served mainly in Seville and in the south. Risk of severe addiction!
- Bruschetta: these buns with tomatoes and garlic are to die for!
- Pa amb tomàquet: bread rubbed with tomato, seasoned with salt and oil
- Patatas bravas: delicious fried potatoes with a spicy sauce.
- Chorizo: pork sausage and spicy beef in olive oil and paprika. Can be eaten raw or cooked.
- Tortilla: Omelette thick, often made of eggs and potatoes. It is eaten hot or cold.
- Ración of Jamón Serrano: a plate of typical Spanish ham. It is super good!
- Croquetas: breaded croquette filled with cheese sauce, ham, mushroom, …
- Jamon y queso: a plate of serrano ham and cheese of the region. Succulent!
- Gambas al ajillo: large shrimp sauteed with garlic and parsley
- Embutidos ibéricos: Iberian meats including hams, chorizo ??…
- The “Montaditos” mini sandwich topped with various ingredients (Serrano ham, anchovies, chorizo, shrimp, etc …).
- Pescado frito: fried fish: anchovies, squid, shrimp among other things. To enjoy all the best, ask for a “frito variado” which contains a bit of everything.
The churros at breakfast
Spanish start their day with delicious churros, these long fried donuts dipped in thick hot chocolate fondant (about 2 cup chocolate + 4 churros). Most bars, cafes have special offers in the morning (with orange juice offered, for example) and others are working together: the churros are paid in one place, then we go and sit in the opposite coffee and they prepare you your hot chocolate. Attention their hot chocolate has much more chocolote here than in other parts of the world, it is mainly used to dip the churros for breakfast.
Other specialties espanoles
- Paella: rice dish with meat and / or fish and seafood (can be served as a side dish or tapas)
- Gambas a la plancha: large grilled shrimp
- Catalan cream: a sort of creme brulee
A drink in Spain
Dring Sangria in a pitcher while eating tapas, it is called a “Jarra sangria.”
It is really different from those you can taste at home! Do not hesitate to test and you will become addicted. The jug is served with a wooden spatula to serve your sangria into the glass while holding fruit.
A beer is said “cerveza” while a half liter in pressure is said “cana”.