RABO DE TORO (Bull’s tail stew)

If you say oxtail to a British person they are likely to think of a tin of soup bought for 49p from a local store. Not sexy food. If you say oxtail, or more precisely, rabo de toro, to a Spanish person, you are likely to witness salivation on a Niagran scale. Bull’s tail stew…

CASQUERÍA (OFFAL)

The entrails and internal organs of an animal used as food.        ‘eating pieces of braised offal turned his stomach’ 1.1 Waste Material.         ‘the packing plant dumped its offal into the stream’ 1.2 Decomposing animal flesh.          ‘gulls pecking at piles of offal from the narwhal…

COCIDO MADRILEÑO

One of the selection of dishes, that go by names such as cocidos, guisos, estofados, caldos, etc,  that could suffer being counted among ‘tapas’ is Madrid’s signature dish. It’s not paella, it’s not a cold tomato soup, nor is it cured pig meat. Rather it is part of a family of Spanish dishes which is…

ALBÓNDIGAS

The idea of taking an animal and making it meat; taking said meat and making it ball-shaped; taking said ball shape, applying heat and making it cooked, is certainly not unique to Spain. Meatballs are one of those utterly international foodstuffs. The U.S. have their tasty but bastardised version of the Italian meatballs, served with…

JAMÓN

El mejor amigo del hombre no es el perro. Es el jamón. (Man’s best friend isn’t the dog. It’s the pig.) – Manuel Benitez Ok. So this is a big one. If paella is the country’s most indicative dish, then this, jamón, is undoubtedly the most famous product. It is a religion unto itself. Football,…

CHORIZO

“In every respectable household in Spain, they make as many chorizos as there are days in the year: 350 for their own consumption and 50 more for days when they have guests.”  –Alexandre Dumas Arguably Spain’s most widely-known and easily-found meat product, chorizo is a dish synonymous with the words red and sausage. But that…