Valencian paella

The most typical dishes of the Valencian Community

Valencian gastronomy is one of the best known inside and outside Spain. There is proof of this in the large number of tourists who demand paella every time they come to our country. However, there are many hidden treasures throughout. Valencian Community it deserves to be mentioned. But yes, If you think that you will find thousands of rice dishes and foods you already know in this article, you are very wrong.Well, we’re here to discover all those hidden pearls that don’t have a showcase as good as paella. Get ready to discover different dishes that will make you want to travel to Valencia and its surroundings. Today is October 9th, we can’t think of a better tribute than to do a good gastronomic tour.

Cooked rice, an unknown dish

Cooked rice is one of the forgotten greats of Valencian gastronomy. outside the region. However, it is one of the most elaborate and beloved dishes within the Valencian Community, and especially in Xàtiva, a town where the international cooked rice preparation competition is held.

It is a dish that continues many traditions. It was born as a use food fed with cooked leftovers.. Rice, chickpeas, potatoes, tomatoes, “chicha” from the previous day’s stew and a head of garlic in the middle casserole -traditionally served in a clay pot-. And all this to the furnace that goes, as the name suggests. The vigorous cooking of this leaves a crust that makes it very special.

Spanish gastronomy taught us not to waste anything. With leftovers from any dish you can make another even better. Cooked rice is another example. Instead of making croquettes the next day, go and make a nice cookie. arros al forn.

There is life beyond paella.  There are other excellent rice dishes in the Community of Valencia.There is life beyond paella. There are other excellent rice dishes in the Community of Valencia.

Esgarraet, the most typical snack

Esgarraet is the perfect appetizer. It is widely consumed in the Community of Valencia, especially during the summer months. It is made from salted cod, roasted red peppers, garlic and olive oil.. Its simple preparation makes it a very common dish in all homes and restaurants.

Its preparation is very simple, you just need to fry the peppers, cut them into strips, crumble the cod and cut thin slices of garlic. We mix everything and crown with a pinch of olive oil. You can get a full flavor with very few ingredients.

Normally this meal is accompanied by a good piece of toast, which you help to eat the meal. Depending on where you go, you may find that slices of bread also contain garlic.

Esgarraet is a typical start from the Valencian Community © RTVE.ESEsgarraet is a typical start from the Valencian Community © RTVE.ES

Morzaret. More than a meal, it’s a tradition

The Esmorzaret or Valencia lunch is a tradition driven by all day laborers and early risers who work in demanding tasks such as gardening or construction. They all went to the bar and they ordered a large sandwich between 9:00 am and 12:00 am to restore energy and forcefully face the second part of the workday (although those who chose this last hour are a little behind.

for very little price, many Valencian bars offer XXL sandwiches. As always, it has changed from a workers’ tradition to a street tradition performed by thousands of Valencians every day. Between bread and bread, it can be anything you can think of: horse meat, tortilla, bacon, longaniza, cheese or tuna. There are no limits, it’s all pure creativity.

As if that weren’t enough, before your sandwich, you can sip on some olives and nuts while you whet your appetite with your straw or wine and soda. Those who fear success turn away from alcohol and turn to coffee.

If you’re in Valencia one day, dare and order one of these sandwiches in the middle of the morning. Of course, don’t book anywhere to eat because if you don’t go down to the beach, you’ll be rolled over.

Sandwich is the king of lunch in Valencia.Sandwich is the king of lunch in Valencia.

Salted fish very popular in all coastal areas

In coastal towns like Santa Pola it is common to have markets selling all caught species at 6pm in the summer.. This is heaven for fresh lovers, but also hell for those allergic to anisaki. But of course, all the fish that are not sold on the beach go to the market, and the fish that are not sold there… Anyway, they are salted.

This allows us to naturally perfectly protect the fish. Nothing strange, just salt. The most common are usually mojama (from the loin of tuna) and cod, from which esgarraet is made. Salted meats are widely used in the Valencian Community in salads and coca.

Salted cod is used for EsgarraetSalted cod is used for Esgarraet

Cocas, the “Levantine pizzas” of Valencian bakers

As you are definitely faced with a strange face when reading the word “coca” in the last sentence, we draw on and link to this typical dish, not only from the Valencian Community, but also from many other regions such as eastern Aragon, the Balearic Islands. or Catalonia.

It is nothing but a daily bread dough with all kinds of ingredients on it.s: sausage, tuna, pepper, zucchini… anything you catch by hand is added.

It started as a prepared lunch, as bakers took advantage of the dough left over. and surrounding materials. They put everything in the oven and Requestthey had already eaten their special “Levantine pizza”.

Levantine pizza is cocaLevantine pizza is coca

Senyoret rice is perfect for those who don’t want to stain their hands.

Senyoret rice is mainly prepared in Alicante, but it is not without controversy, as residents of the Valencian capital claim that it was created in the restaurant La Pepica. Although the Valencian Community’s disputes remain within the region itself, we take care of the paperwork.

This is a very special rice made with fish stock and often combined with peeled shellfish. called from seignorette because it’s requested by all Valencia gentlemen who don’t want to stain their hands while eating.

For all the fussy, this rice is ideal. You will only need a spoon and fork, nothing else. The only effort you have to make is charred.

Senyoret rice comes with everything peeled © La FalleraSenyoret rice comes with everything peeled © La Fallera

And finally sweets, horchata and farts

We couldn’t finish it without the final sweet touch. Yes, we are ready for the critics, because the plateau, which does not belong to the Valencian Community, and the majority of Spaniards do not have great respect for it. drink made from tiger nuts. Many even claim that it tastes like dirt. And it’s a reasonable criticism, in part, because the tiger nut is still an edible tuber or root.

Just in case, the tasteless preachers of such words have certainly tried the plastic bottle, even refrigerated glass jars, which are much tastier than supermarkets. Also we must not forget that the same thing happens with beer here, it is bad if it is not served very cold. If you want to try a divine horchata, go to the Valencia municipality of Alboraya and you will see how your opinion has changed.

And to accompany this delicious beverage, we have fartons, which are long biscuits with sugar on them. dipped in this horchata. Despite being off-putting to many, horchata and fartons together make for a 10-for-one snack.

Horchata and fartons are the official snacks of the Valencian Community.Horchata and fartons are the official snacks of the Valencian Community.

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