Spanish cuisine is interestingly diverse. That is because of the range of cultures that conquered the Spanish territory all throughout history. Because of its rich tradition and the diverse topography, Spain became one of the most incredible places to visit when it comes to a long list of gastronomic variety. This is why a lot of people will never miss out on the chance to have a taste of their amazing cuisine.
If you want to start learning more about Spanish cooking and how it is connected to their wine, culture, and their people, then you have come to the right place! Spain cooking vacations are becoming more and more popular. If this is part of your next holiday plans, never leave Spain without trying the following foods that will surely blow your mind!
- Gambas al Ajillo. This is a dish of sizzling prawn in an earthenware that is usually served in a tapas bar. A simple dish but can definitely fill your hearts’ desires with its amazing combination of flavors.
- This is one of the most delicious and refreshing dishes that you should try as soon as you land. Made with the reddest and the ripest tomatoes, garlic, bread, olive oil, peppers, and cucumbers that are blended together until it’s smooth. It is then chilled and poured into glasses or bowls when serving.
- This is the most traditional rice dish in Spain. Paella Valenciana is made with chicken or rabbit meat, saffron, butter and runner beans, and of course, rice (preferably bomba or Calasparra).
- Patatas Bravas. This is one of the most common of all tapas. You can find this dish anywhere in Spain. All of its versions have chunks of fried potatoes. Patatas Bravas in Madrid has a bravas sauce that is made of Spanish paprika, olive oil, flour, and stock. They do not use tomatoes. Some Spanish cooks add garlic, sherry, but others keep their secret ingredients to themselves.
- This is the Spanish version of ratatouille. This can be found anywhere in Spain but is very common in La Mancha and South of Madrid. This is a slow-cooked dish and is usually served as a starter. Others love this as a side dish too.
- Tortilla Española. This dish has three simple ingredients – eggs, onions, and potatoes! This Spanish omelet is made by slow frying the potatoes and onions in olive oil, then mixed with beaten eggs for additional flavor. Some home cooks add ham, spinach, chorizo, courgettes, or anything else that can make this dish more flavorful.
TIK Spanish Cooking Tours
The International Kitchen (TIK) is one of the most trusted names when it comes to cooking vacations. Spain is one of their most visited places. Whether you want to visit Michelin star restaurants, or maybe a small and simple farmhouse in the countryside, Spanish cuisine is definitely everywhere. With TIK, you get to experience the diversity of cuisines in Spain while enjoying their culture, and the fun and warm company of their people.