Traditional Andalusian food

Like the region itself, Andalusian cuisine is a melting pot of
different cultures and civilizations with diverse influences but a
prominent traditional Spanish spirit. Famous for fresh seafood,
exceptional meat, exotic spices, seasonal ingredients, and virgin
olive oil (or liquid gold as locals call it), the wondrous
Andalusian gastronomy is an experience not to be missed when
visiting southern Spain.

1. Salmorejo

Salmorejo

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Originating from the southern city of Cordoba, salmorejo is one
of Andalusia’s most popular dishes. It’s a cold, velvety tomato
soup made with breadcrumbs and olive oil that’s often served with
diced jamón Ibérico (Iberian ham) and sliced boiled eggs.
Salmorejo is not to be confused with the similar gazpacho. In
Spain, salmorejo is typically served in a bowl while gazpacho is
meant to be drunk from a glass. It’s a typical starter for every
meal, and is a commonly enjoyed in the hot summer months.

2. Churros con chocolate

Churros with sugar and chocolate sauce

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Andalusia’s most famous comfort food is hidden in plain sight.
Just walk around any Andalusian town and keep an eye out for the
tiny shops and food stalls called churrerías. You’ll see locals
enjoying a cup of coffee along with some churros con chocolate for
breakfast. Churros are long sticks of thick, deep-fried dough that
are served with a bowl of hot liquid chocolate as a dip. A box of
fresh churros is the perfect way to start off the day or boost your
energy levels after a long night out.

3. Tortilla de patatas

Traditional spanish omelette on wooden table

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Tortilla de patatas, also called tortilla Española, is nothing
like the Mexican tortilla. It’s basically a quiche with soft
potatoes as the base that’s enriched with ingredients like goat
cheese, vegetables, chorizo, or ham. It’s served in triangular
pieces like a pie. A piece of tortilla de patatas is the ideal
choice if you’re looking for a light lunch on the go while
roaming Andalusia.

4. Jamón Ibérico

Jamon Iberico with white bread

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Iberian pigs are found only in Spain and live a free-range
lifestyle. It’s an exclusive delicacy, and this exquisite treat
is usually reserved for the most special occasions in Andalusia.
Jamón Ibérico platter consists of thin slices of cured ham served
with sprinkles of virgin olive oil and breadsticks on the side.
Different labels and names indicate the quality of the meat,
depending on the animals’ origin and their diet. The highest
quality jamón Ibérico is pata negra (black hoof), made from black
Iberian pigs that feed solely on wild acorns for the last few
months leading up to their “sacrifice,” as locals call it.

5. Cola de toro

Bull tail

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Found primarily in the tapas bars and restaurants of Seville,
cola de toro is one of the most extraordinary traditional
Andalusian dishes. The recipe is quite simple: chunks of bull tail
is slow cooked for several hours in a stew of red wine, vegetables,
olive oil, and spices. The meat is served in a delicious thick
sauce with a side of potato wedges, and the whole thing is so
tender that it melts on the fork.

6. Migas

Migas, traditional Spanish food

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Don’t let the simplicity of this colorful tapa fool you.
Translating to “crumbs,” migas shows the North African
influence on Andalusian cuisine. Migas is made with a base of flour
or breadcrumbs that’s fried and scrambled with vegetables and
meat. There are many different variations of the dish to be found
across the region, including migas with jamón, chorizo, sausage,
peppers, onion, and seafood. If you’re a vegetarian traveling to
Andalusia, keep in mind that hams are not exactly considered to be
meat here, so be very explicit about your order.

7. Huevos a la flamenca

Huevos a la Flamenca

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This is essentially Andalusia on a plate. Huevos a la flamenca
is an egg cassoulet made with tomato sauce, spicy red peppers,
onions, garlic, and smoked paprika topped with diced jamón serrano
and chorizo sausage. The dish is typically served hot out of the
oven in a clay pot and makes for an exceptional brunch or
light-lunch meal.

8.Flamenquines

Flamenquines, typical snack from the Spanish cities of Cordoba and Jaen

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Even though flamenquines look like the croquetas found in almost
every tapas bar in Andalusia, the recipe and taste are altogether
different. Flamenquines are roulades made with pork loin, jamón,
and sometimes goat cheese and vegetables. The slices of ham and the
chunks of cheese are rolled in thinly sliced fillets of pork before
being covered in breadcrumbs and deep-fried until golden brown.
Served with french fries and mayonnaise or garlic sauce, this dish
is the perfect accompaniment to a cold afternoon beer.

9. Fried seafood

Chipirones, battered fried baby squid served with lemon on white plate

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No list of traditional Andalusian dishes is complete without at
least one mention of the region’s splendid seafood. In every
Andalusian town you’ll find freidurías, which are tiny shops
that fry fresh fish and critters on the spot. This is the original
Spanish fast food. The portions are served in little boxes or paper
rolls with french fries or breadsticks as on-the-go snacks. Make
sure to try the gambas fritas (fried shrimp), calamares (squid),
chocos (cuttlefish), and puntillitas (baby squid).

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