Spanish food - Asturias
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Few are the places in Spain where the traveller
can eat as well and where so little fuss is made about the exquisite
quality of the food. In fact, one of the most universal dishes
of the Spanish cuisine comes from here: the famous fabada, which
is so successful that it is tinned and exported to all parts of
America, it can also be found in our online shop, and is well
worth a try! Alternatively should you wish to make your own we
have a fabulous recipe on our recipe pages for fabada.
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Fabada is genuinely Asturian and some would say that its hard
to imitate (although we have made it at home very succesfully).
It consists of white beans called fabes in the region, which are
especially mild and exquisite, and different pork products: cured
and salted ham bones, bacon and morcilla, a type of black pudding.
The touch of genius in this glorious stew are the fabes, after
which the dish is named, and the dry, wrinkled Asturian morcilla
which miraculously comes to life in the fabada. It is a one-course
meal served in huge quantities, which also goes for all the other
dishes in the North of Spain. Apart from the extraordinary fabada,
Asturias has other stews in which the peerless fabes are a major
ingredient. There are the delicious fabes with clams, chicken,
hare, partridge or other game. All these dishes are typical, though
of more recent origin.
The fish dishes are based on some really tasty recipes
in Asturias with mild and unmistakable flavours. At the top of
the list, there is the caldereta, a combination of seafood in
a harmonious mixture. In the towns and villages of the coast,
this dish is prepared best though it is not as easy to find as
the fabada, which is served in almost every restaurant. Hake in
cider, merluza a la sidra, on the other hand, can be found with
relative ease. Its secret lies in the quality of the raw material,
ie the exquisite hake of Cantabria and its accompaniament, the
cider, which is the typical drink of Asturias, made from apples.
The ideal companion at table in Asturias is the light, dry cider,
which is also the most popular drink in the local bars. Drinking
it is almost a ritual because it must be served by raising the
bottle high and letting the liquid drop slowly into the glass
without spilling a drop.
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