Imagine… You’ve stepped off the plane and a gush of warm air hits your cheeks; there’s nothing quite like ‘that holiday feeling’, right? For me, it actually comes from experiencing something new. If you love eating (all the snacks) as much as I do, make your next trip to the Canaries all about the food.
Just like Spain, the Canary Islands are famous for small plate delicacies. I’ve eaten my way around the seven islands, and these are my tips on the best tapas to try.
Canarian meatballs are also known as albondigas. This traditional dish is made from pork, veal or beef, or a combination of all three. Unlike their Italian cousin, they’re small and designed to be an appetiser. Imagine eating these in a bar on the seafront, while the sea-salt air dances through your hair. Isn’t that what going away is really about?
Every island has its own recipe of gofio escaldado. Originally, this broth was a way to use up leftover ingredients. Today, it’s a savoury treat that you’ll find on café, restaurant and hotel menus alike. If you’re staying in Tenerife, this will consist of fresh fish. Or, head further south to Gran Canaria where it has a meat twist. Wherever you’re staying, this Canarian tapas is a goody you have to try; I promise you won’t regret it.
Pimientos de Padrón
Popular as a starter, these rare green peppers are only found in Spain. There’s even Padron’s festival that celebrates them every August. Top tips for eating these snacks are holding them from the stem. The unusual taste will blow your mind, as they’re sweet one moment and hot the next. Just make sure you have a Fanta Lemon or beer nearby to wash away the heat.
Also, known as Canarian wrinkly potatoes, this boiled potato dish is served as tapas or as a side to a main meal. Although potatoes aren’t native to these islands, it’s one of the most popular and traditional plates available. After a long day exploring volcanic landscapes or golden beaches, settle down at the dinner table and tuck into this number. Make sure it’s covered with mojo verde – a refreshing green sauce, busting with a garlic and coriander flavour.
Do you go to the Canaries every year? Is there a tapas bar or restaurant you love? Tell me about your favourite dish in the comments below.