If you’re a foodie who wants to venture into a world of new flavors, Spanish cuisine should be on your list. Spanish cuisine is known to be varied in terms of flavor and ingredients, so every new dish will surprise you.
If you don’t know where to start, here’s a list of 4 staple Spanish dishes that can be your introduction to the amazing world of Spanish food.
Paella is one of the most recognizable Spanish dishes. It’s a main course that traditionally contains:
- Different meats
- Green beans
The dish has a distinctive yellow tint to it thanks to the saffron. It’s often served in a large wok-like pan, and it’s a great meal for large gatherings.
A Spanish tortilla is another widely celebrated dish in Spain. It’s an omelet filled with potatoes and topped with herbs. The egg layers are thick—thick enough that the tortilla looks like a pie. Inside, the soft, boiled potato cubes are entrenched in the egg.
Traditionally, Spanish tortillas only have boiled potatoes inside. However, some recipes add onions and other ingredients to give the dish a different flavor.
Spanish tortillas make for a great breakfast. The eggs contain protein, and the potatoes are a source of carbs. One slice of the tortilla is enough to get you through the day feeling energized.
Empanadas are small fried pastries similar to turnovers. The breading encapsulates the filling, typically meat and cheese, as it’s cooked in hot oil. Other ingredients can be added, like corn or fish. They are a little oily, so you shouldn’t eat them if oily foods give you heartburn.
Empanadas are a common party food across the world. They are served to guests as appetizers, though they are so delicious that people fill themselves up with empanadas before the main dish is ready.
Last but not least, we have a dessert dish that everyone loves when they try it. Leche frita means fried milk. It’s egg yolk, milk, and flour that’s mixed, chilled, and then breaded and fried. It’s typically served covered in cinnamon powder or sugar glaze. A sweet snack comparable to donut bites, it’s a dessert that can be found in restaurants all over Spain.
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