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Papas arrugadas with mojo is perhaps the most international dish in Canarian cuisine. However, we cannot only talked about it as a local product. Today in Canarian Transfer we want to make a small review of some of the most typical products of the Christmas gastronomy in the Canary Islands.
The cuisine of the Canary Islands is based on seasonal products found in its markets and fish markets. The influence of different cultures makes the Canarian cuisine rich in flavours and nuances.
For this reason when you visit Canary Islands, you won’t keep just good memories of its people, landscapes and beaches. The mark left by the Canarian gastronomy on the visitor is unique.
As in the rest of Spain, in the Canary Islands seafood is also served at Christmas. The same happens with sausages and the famous Canarian cheeses, which cannot be missing from the table.
There is also usually space for homemade croquettes and mojo canario from the Canary Islands, which is served with the typical papas arrugadas, but also to complement many recipes. Another good combination is roasted canary cheese with mojo.
One of the delicacies that we can find on most tables is pork’s roast leg. It is a simple, humble but delicious dish that is maintained from generation to generation.
In order to prepare it, some cuts are made in a pig's leg, where garlic cloves are introduced, giving it a unique touch. After smearing the leg with lard, it is baked to make it crunchy outside and juicy inside. It’s simply spectacular.
Main dishes served at Christmas
To warm the body, in many houses are served stews, broths, creams and soups. Some of these dishes are known as puchero canario, caldo de millo, potaje de berros, garbanzos compuestos, sopa de pescado and crema de pejas.
Although each island has a different touch, the base is very similar, with products from each region.
Meat or fish are usually chosen as a main dish in Canary Islands. Among the preparations with meat, you can not miss dishes like rabbit, chicken, vein (round of beef), pork or lamb. Some of the most popular dishes are rabbit in salmorejo, the cochino de adobo or de fiesta and the marinated kid.
There are many dishes that contain local species. This is the case of the cherne, usually used to prepare the sancocho. This dish is generally made up of boiled fish, potatoes with mojo and gofio which is a must on a Canarian table!
Other fishes are the "vieja", the "morena" or the "tollos" (dogfish), among many other options.
As finish touch on a great Christmas feast, sweets cannot be missing.
Gofio is a very important part of the Canarian food, and it is used to prepare many local sweets.
From the simple pella de gofio made of gofio, water and salt, to the more elaborate ones that also contain honey, oil, cheese and nuts, look for your favourite version!
It's also easy to find the sweet potato trout. No, we're not talking about fish, we're talking about sweet pasties filled with angel hair.
On the other side, some will be surprised to learn about bienmesabe. It is a sweet similar to a thick cream and with a granulated texture. It is usually served with ice cream and is a unique and different sweet.
Frangollo and rapadura are other sweets that you will find in Canary Islands and are worth to be tried.
We cannot forget to mention the local turrones.
As Canarian Transfer we suggest to our customers to taste tha canarian food. Through our excursions from Gran Canaria and Lanzarote you will have the chance to know dishes of different sites of the islands. An experience for all senses!
those who will arrive in December, you have to enjoy the opportunity to taste
the canarian Christmas gastronomy. Happy and delicious holidays!
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