The cuisine of Spain is less well known than that of other Mediterranean countries, but Spanish cooking has the Mediterranean emphasis on fresh local ingredients, strong regional traditions and high quality artisanal products.
Seafood is abundant on the long coasts. Hearty cocido stews warm up cold winter nights on central plain. Rice dishes are popular around Valencia. Piquillo peppers flavor food in the Basque region.
Small dishes called tapas have become popular around the world. Famous Spanish food includes serrano ham, chorizo sausage, Manchego cheese and rioja wine.
Typical Spanish Dishes
Try these recipes from Spain.
(Latin chicken with rice)
(Latin savory stuffed pastries)
(Spanish meat and chickpea stew)
(Spanish chilled tomato-cucumber soup)
(Spanish sausage and bean stew)
(Spanish chicken with tomatoes and peppers)
(Spanish meat, vegetable and rice dish)
(Spanish fava beans simmered with spicy sausage)
(Spanish batter-fried mussels)
(Spanish open-faced potato omelet)
(Spanish marinated olives appetizer; see Olive Marinate recipe variations)
(Spanish, Catalan roasted pepper and nut sauce)
(Portuguese, Spanish leftover bread dish)
(Spanish green beans and tomatoes; see Fassolakia recipe)