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Delicious typical dishes of Almeria (I)

28-01-2019    {{catList[27].label}}

The people of Almeria consume large quantities of fish and seafood, as well as a multitude of vegetables and legumes. Not in vain is our province on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea and it has the pride of being considered "the orchard of Europe". In addition, the use of poultry and game meat is widespread.

The cuisine of Almeria is influenced by Mediterranean cuisine with a strong Arab influence. If you want to know more about this delicious and varied gastronomic culture, you must try the most delicious dishes of the province of Almeria.

“Gurullos” with rabbit
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Poor potatoes
Poor potatoes

Its origin comes from the times of war and postwar, in which potatoes were the primary means of sustenance for people and despite the passage of the years, the recipe has lasted over time, being one of the most popular dishes in Spanish homes. While its name is poor potatoes, the last thing it has in flavour is poverty, as it is a delicious meal that when also served as a “tapa”, it is greatly appreciated.

"Plato alpujarreño"
Plato alpujarreño

Meat with tomato sauce
Meat with tomato sauce

"Chérica" or "Chérigan"
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It is the most famous and symbolic “tapa” of Almeria, so finding it outside the province is unlikely, since it is a traditional indigenous dish.

In some places they call it “chérica” and in other places, “chérigan”. The first is its original name, which is presumed to be due to the nickname of the manager of “Parrilla Colón”; a “tapas” bar opened in the 1950s and where it was created.

Basically it is a thin slice of bread, often flattened, toasted and smeared with a layer of “alioli”, then topped with cooked ham, tuna, anchovies, smoked sausage... anything that the chef can imagine.

Although at the moment the name “chérica” is applied to any “tapa” whose base is a slice of bread, the originals are of cooked ham, tuna or anchovy placed on a layer of “alioli”, with a base of toasted bread.

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