The Wonderful Food We Ate In Spain

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This was a food adventure in Spain; we tried everything that looked good and ate until our hearts were content. Here is some of the excellent food we ate in Spain.

Croquetas (Croquettes):

This fried tapa is one of the most popular appetizers in Spain. The most traditional croquettes are made with Serrano Ham, but countless variations exist. My favourite Spanish croquetas were small, soft inside and crispy on the outside made with cheese and ham.

Turrón

Turron or nougat is a sweet, typically made of honey, sugar, and egg white, with toasted almonds or other nuts, and usually shaped into either a rectangular tablet or a round cake. It is frequently consumed as a traditional Christmas dessert in Spain. Sweet, nutty sweets with a granular texture.

Polvorón

A polvorón (From polvo) the Spanish word for powder, or dust. It is a type of heavy, soft and very crumbly Spanish shortbread made of flour, sugar, milk, and nuts. They are produced mostly in Andalusia, where there are about 70 factories in that are part of a syndicate that produces polvorones and mantecados. I called these the pick and mix biscuits of Spain, in any supermarket you can pick up half a dozen of these of around a euro, they were so many different types, I’m not even sure I tried them all in the month we were in Spain.

Churros

Churros are fried dough that smells of cinnamon and then dipped in warm chocolate sauce. Some believe that churros were invented by Spanish shepherds long ago, but whatever the origin of this beautiful dish, it’s one that we can’t get enough of! We tried some in the Spanish mountains from a dedicated Churros café, and they were awesome, not as sweet as I was expecting but bloody tasty.

Mantecados

These are Traditional Spanish Crumble cookies that are very traditional in Spain. They will melt in your mouth. Delicate, and with a soft anise flavour. They become even more popular at Christmas time.

Xuixo

A cylindrical pastry filled with crema Catalana that is deep-fried and covered with crystallized star anise flavoured sugar. Crispy and sweet, what more could you ask for.

Choco Flakes

Flake, it is a unique product (a hybrid between Biscuit and Cereal), it’s perfect to eat with milk for breakfast or snack. Lee loved these as a cereal, but they went soggy quickly, I preferred dunking them into my tea. Mmmmm yummy.

Miguelitos

Miguelitos are a type of cake made in La Roda, in Castile-La Mancha, Spain.

They are a quite simple traditional cake consisting of soft puff pastry with a creamy custard-like filling and covered with sugar powder. It was so delicate but was so good too.

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Tostarica biscuits are made with Oleoquilibre (a selected variety of vegetable oils that has a high content of Oleico helping you keep low the level of cholesterol).

They taste of chocolate, as well as containing little chocolate chunks too. Every biscuit has a funny drawing on it, and they were also really good with a cuppa.

Cocido

Cocido is a traditional Spanish stew. In Spanish, cocido is the verb (to cook), so cocido literally means “cooked thing”. Various meats (pork, beef, chicken, mutton), vegetables (cabbage, turnips, parsnips, potatoes, carrots), chickpeas etc are simmered in a pot. Due to the wide regional diversity of the dish, the word cocido is typically followed by the place of origin (e.g. madrileño, maragato, lebaniego, gallego). We tried this local dish when we went to one of the local festivals.

Serrano Ham

Jamón Serrano in Spanish and this was very thinly sliced on plain toast; it was slightly salty and delightfully simple on toasted bread for lunch.

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