15 little-known Spanish dishes that are better than paella
The paella is wonderful, it is beautiful, we all love it and we are fans of it. It is one of the most famous dishes in Spain, possibly the most, many people travel to the Iberian country exclusively to eat it. It's worth it.
But you know what? It is not the only Spanish dish that exists. Yes, of course, there is the omelette, the patatas bravas, the squid in its ink, Galician octopus, cod in Biscay, etc. But hey! There are more delicacies in Spanish cuisine that are worth trying. Some are incredible, some are unforgettable.
They may not be as well-known as the aforementioned queen of meals, but the dishes you'll read on this list are equally magnificent and many of them even more delicious than the paella.
Of course, it is possible that you have to take a road or train to try them at their best.
15 Spanish dishes that are better than paella
El cocido montañés
I was recently in Cantabria with the main mission of eating Cocido Montañés, I made it and I fell in love with this region (and this dish). It is a delight, ideal for rainy days, cold and wet.
It is made with white beans, sausage and chorizo from the region, bacon and cabbage.
Fabes with clams
Fabes are that bean white with which they make the Asturian fabada. Now imagine mixing that grain with clams freshly taken from the Cantabrian Sea. Beautiful truth?
Grab a piece of bacon, fry it in deep oil until it becomes crispy (the so-called chicharrón), eat it accompanied by a cane. Repeat this process over and over again. Then go to the gym.
The revolconas potatoes
This dish is one of those delights whose magic comes from its simplicity: mashed potatoes mixed with paprika, preferably from the vera, and chorizo, or bacon, or torreznos (read above). You fall in love.
Beans to the Uncle Lucas
White beans, a lot of oil and bacon are the main ingredients of this recipe invented by Uncle Lucas, a character who in the remote past had a tavern in the center of Madrid and apparently , was popular in the area.
It is a simple, but forceful dish that has been losing space in the taverns of Madrid. So if you see it in a letter, ask for it! It will not be that it disappears.
Eggs in the Navarre (Carlist eggs)
As its name says, it's a dish from Navarra. Its preparation is superb: fried eggs that are coated in béchamel sauce, breaded and fried again.
Go! Before you get scared with the name, keep reading.
It is a stew of those unforgettable, made with red beans, blood sausage, chorizo and any smoked stuff available (ears, ribs, bacon).It is a plate to eat as an entrance, or why not, to chop a piece for dinner. Its simplicity makes it wonderful.
The red beans in any way
Red beans with chorizo, with pork legs, in a restaurant in Asturias, León, La Rioja, in the house of the grandmother, in a Aunt, of the mother-in-law, no matter where or in what style, they are always perfect. Love them with madness, they deserve it.
Hornazo de Salamanca
This cake, or empanada salamanquino (is it said that way?) Is an absolute glory, it is filled with delicious things that we all love: loin, chorizo, ham ...
La The best fish meat is the one in the head. The "cococha" is just the meat that is behind the gills and a good lover of food knows that this meat is an orgasm.
In green sauce? Perfection.
Callos a la andaluza
In the south of Spain know how to make people happy, the Andalusian calluses are the perfect proof of that.
Funny name for a delicious dish that is ideally prepared when the snow falls and it's cold. Its ingredients are mashed potatoes, shredded cod, garlic, olive oil and nuts and hard boiled eggs.
Porrusalda de Bacalao
Another dish whose simplicity is everything. Leeks, potatoes and cod. Once the meal of poor fishermen, nowadays it is a delicacy for those who have a good palate. Oh, Basque Country, thank you for your seafood and your recipes.
Rice with rabbit and snails
It's not paella, it does not look like it either. It is a typical dish of Murcia whose two main ingredients are, correct: rabbit and snails. Absolute delight.
Is not 15 Spanish dishes enough for you? How about 100? Read my list of 100 Spanish dishes that you should try before dying (here the paella is included).