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9 Must Eat Spanish Dishes

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If you’re visiting Spain, you probably already know that tapas is pretty much everything. What you might not know is that there is so much more to this country’s cuisine than just those variations of tiny (and utterly delicious) appetizers. Your Spain travel adventure will be totally enriched by trying these 9 quintessential Spanish dishes – trust us…

1. Spanish Tortilla

If you think a tortilla is a flat, thin, bread-like thing that you stuff with beans and cheese and rice, you might be confused when you see it alone all over menus across Spain. Spanish tortillas (tortillas espaniolas) are starters for every meal. They are potato omelets and you will crave them when you return home. Lucky for you, they’re easy to make- all you need is olive oil, eggs, and potatoes.

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2. Paella

Traditional paella is a mixture of chicken or rabbit (or both), beans, rice and other vegetables. If you’re heading to a coastal town though, mixed seafood is where it’s at- calamari, mussels, clams, prawns, scampi or fish will fill your stomach and make you one happy traveler.

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3. Patatas Bravas (Spicy Potatoes)

A real crowd pleaser, this classic Spanish tapas dish consists of crispy, fried potatoes tossed in spicy salsa brava (tomato-y, spicy bravas sauce) and often served with creamy garlic aioli.
A plate of chicken and potatoes on a table.

4. Pisto

If in Spain, you can’t not try Pisto, the Spanish version of France’s ratatouille. Often served with bread, a fried egg on top or with pieces of cured ham. Pisto is a beautiful medley of tomatoes, onions, courgettes, green and red peppers, all slowly poached in extra virgin olive oil. Yum!
A bowl of stew with an egg on top.

5. Gambas Ajillo

Perfect finger food, Gambas Ajillo is a popular Spanish dish. The primary ingredients consist of shrimp, garlic and olive oil but there are many variations. If you’re lucky, it will be served with crusty bread, which is great for mopping up the delicious garlicky sauce.
A skillet filled with shrimp and vegetables on a wooden table.

6. Gazpacho

Also known as deliciousness in a bowl. This isn’t your traditional soup- it’s served cold. If fresh tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, onions, garlic, and plenty of herbs sound good, to you, let me assure you that they are. It’s usually an appetizer, so don’t go overboard and miss your main course because you couldn’t stop drinking (yes, sometimes they serve it in a glass) this soup.

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7. Cured Meats

Walking into any market around the world is shocking, and Spain is no exception to that. Jamon iberico is the top dog when it comes to cured meats in Spain and can be found in every household, usually sitting on a chopping block on the counter. It’s served up in paper thin slices that are meant to be savoured.

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8. Sangria

This one counts as a food because it’s filled with fruit! What happens when you combine red wine, orange juice, sugar, fruit, and club soda? The most refreshing drink you can possibly order in Spain. Drink it for any and all occasions.

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9. Churros

Fried choux pastry, sprinkled in cinnamon sugar and dipped in hot, rich chocolate – need we say any more?


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