Have you ever tried Spanish food ? Paella, churros, gazpacho, pan con tomate… Sounds familiar ? If not, you absolutely have to try it ! As a matter of fact, Spanish food is a bit like my soulmate.. Always here when I need it the most ! 😉 But more seriously, if you go to Spain on holidays, I would recommend to try the seafood as well as the charcuteria. You won’t be able to stop ! So discover the top 6 best tapas you must try in Spain !
Top 6 best Tapas you must try in Spain
Gambas al ajillo
I discovered this savory tapas during my first holidays in the Canary Islands when I was a teenager, and since then I’m obsessed with it. It is basically garlic shrimps bathing in olive oil. Simple things are often the best. This tapas is very popular in the south of Spain, so if you’re visiting Andalucia, be sure to enjoy a ration of gambas al ajillo.
Tortilla de patatas
Haaa la tortilla de patatas… A basic meal that I have known my entire life thanks to my dear Spanish grandmother. Of course I would argue that my grandma’s tortilla is the best in the world, but you can find pretty decent ones all over Spain. You can also try to do it yourself, it is a simple recipe. You only need potatoes and eggs !
There’s nothing more exquisite than Spanish charcuteria. As in France, it is ubiquitous. In Spain, you will often see in supermarkets pork legs hanging and being exhibited like real trophees. At the restaurant I would recommend to order a platter of different kinds of charcuteria to share with your friends or your family. This way, you’ll be able to try a bit of everything. Chorizo, jamon iberico, jamon serrano, jamon jabugo, lomo… Try them all !
Perfect for snacks, empanadillas are delicious ! It is a sort of bread baked with all kind of stuffing (meat, tuna, tomatoes, olives…). You can buy good ones in supermarkets called Mercadona.
Salmorejo is like gazpacho, it’s a sort of thick cold soup that you can drink for aperitivo. It’s made of tomatoes, bread, aioli, garlic and you can add some jamon serrano on top. The recipe is easy-peasy. If I am able to do it, trust me, you can do it too! This soup is perfect for hot summers around the pool or for appetizer. Don’t forget to try next time !
Usually I don’t like anchovies, but when it’s cooked the Spanish way it changes everything. These pan fried anchovies usually go with a bit of lemon which makes them exceptionally tasty. With a cold beer, I can tell you there’s nothing better in the world ! Next time you’re on holidays in Spain, make sure to give it a try and to tell me what you think about it !
And you, what is your favorite Tapas ? I’m super curious to know, so tell me in the comments below.