What to eat in Galicia?
If you are planning a trip to Galicia and do not want to miss the typical dishes of its gastronomy, here we throw you some ideas of dishes that you should not miss.
The gastronomic wealth of Galicia is known all over the world and one of the pillars of this quality is the raw material used. Galicia has a multitude of products protected with Denomination of Origin (D.O.) or with Protected Geographical Indication (PGI); cheeses, meat, wines, garden products, breads, liqueurs, honey … This protection guarantees quality and authenticity in the products that make the cuisine that produces a first-class cuisine, based on the freshness of a Proximity product.
In Galician cuisine we must start with the “basic” dishes, present throughout our geography, in this section would highlight:
The Galician soup, with vegetables, potatoes, beans, meat and the fundamental “unto” (salted and smoked pork fat).
The Padrón peppers (“uns pican e outros non”), fried and served with a little salt.
The Galician empanada, made with different masses and fillings depending on the place and time of year, but always fantastic.
The octopus “á feira”, cooked and served with paprika and extra virgin olive oil and accompanied by cachelos.
And the famous “lacón con grelos”, salted pork with the slightly bitter grelos that marry their flavors in a perfect way.
Apart from these typical and common recipes throughout Galicia we can make a small distinction between inland Galicia and coastal Galicia (although we assume that the border between the two is now more diffuse than before).
In the interior Galicia we will find the best beef from the Rubia Gallega breed, with a designation of origin. With these meats, churrascos, asados and carne ao caldeiro are cooked (cooked and served with cachelos, paprika and olive oil). Nor can we forget the pig, almost totemic animal in the inland regions. Especially in winter we can enjoy a myriad of elaborations, from the aforementioned Lacón con grelos to the Galician Cocido (different meats accompanied by vegetables and chickpeas), passing by the well-known salted meats, chorizos, frebas and the peculiar androllas and botillos. We can not leave the interior of Galicia without, at least, mention the fabulous Capón and the game meats such as wild boar, roe deer or deer.
Of the coastal Galicia stand out, of course, fish and seafood. Turbot, hake, sole … for example, sardines and mackerel are usually fried, other fish accept from a simple step on the griddle or the oven to the elaboration of succulent stews. A dish not to be missed on the coast is the Caldeirada de pescado, a kind of stew that fits almost any fish; fresh cod, red mullet, sea bass … very famous is the caldeirada of stingray.
Speaking of seafood, we can say little that it is not known. Only that the popular tradition says that it is best to enjoy the months that contain -r-, that is, from September to April. There is much to try, spider crabs, sea oxen, crabs … The scallops and grilled razors, steamed mussels or vinaigrette. Without forgetting one of the flagship products of the most rugged coasts, the barnacle.
Of course all these dishes can be accompanied well by Galician mineral waters (remember that Galicia is land of mineral and thermal waters), either by craft beers (very fashionable nowadays) or by any of the wines that we have with D.O. (Ribeiro, Ribeira Sacra, Rías Baixas, Monterrei or Valdeorras).
And for the most greedy people, in Galicia we have an almost infinite variety of traditional desserts, such as the Santiago cake, the pancakes (similar to the crêpes that can be stuffed or not), the bica, the melindres, the larpeira , different elaborations with chestnut, tetilla cheese with quince …
We end up with the end of the table in Galicia, with a good liquor. Either the austere brandy (also known as orujo or cane) or any of the liquors that are made with it as a base, coffee liqueur, herbal liqueur, brandy cream …
Do not forget to take a look at the calendar of gourmet parties in Galicia. there are many and it is a magnificent opportunity to try traditional products at a good price and enjoying a festive and unique atmosphere.