[box_light] Spanish cuisine is one of the famous cuisines in the world. Some of its dishes are translated and changed to meet the taste of various flavor profiles around the world. What reminds us of Spanish food? Sundried tomatoes, paella, chorizo… well let’s see what more magical foods Spain has to offer. [/box_light]
[box_dark]Intro to Spanish food…[/box_dark]
A variety of factors influence the dishes, the geographical location, the nearness to ocean and the country’s deep maritime roots [no this is not a geography exam! For those who might be wondering] are some of them. Spain’s extensive history with many cultural influences has led to an array of unique cuisines with literally thousands of recipes and flavors. It is also renowned for its health benefits and fresh ingredients, as Mediterranean diet.
[box_dark]The Historical Influences…[/box_dark]
Endless cultures, as they passed through or settled in Spain, have influenced the history of Spanish food. The Phoenicians left their sauces, the Greeks introduced Spain to the wonders of olive oil, and Romans, Carthaginians, and Jews integrated elements of their own cooking into that of Spain.
However it was the Moors, who during their centuries of reign, most impacted Spanish gastronomy. They introduced fruits and light seasonings into the Iberian diet, as well as combinations of fruits and nuts with meats and fish. Rice is a genuine staple and therefore Spain’s vast array of rice dishes, come straight from the Moors, as does the use of saffron, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
It is due to these vast cultural influences we see the delicious Spanish food that exists today.
[box_dark]The Typical Dishes…[/box_dark]
Among the multitude of recipes that make up the varied cuisines of Spain, a few can be considered common to
all or almost all of Spain’s regions, even though some of them have an origin known and associated with specific places.
Examples include most importantly potato omelette (“tortilla de patata”, “tortilla española” or just “tortilla”), paella, various stews, migas, sausages (such as embutidos, chorizo, and morcilla), and cheeses.
There are also many dishes based on beans (chickpeas, lentils, green beans); soups, with many regional variations; and bread, that has numerous forms, with distinct varieties in each region.
The regional variations are less pronounced in Spanish desserts and cakes: flan, custard, rice pudding (arroz con leche), torrijas, churros, and madeleines are some of the most representative examples.
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