Asturias recipes

flag of asturiasmap-of-asturiasRegion: Asturias, Principality of Asturias, Principado de Asturias (Spanish), Principáu d'Asturies (Asturian)

Capital: Oviedo

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lago-enolAsturias is the green coast of Spain where the rain falls on a regular basis and the food is traditional, rustic and hearty. As always, in the coastal areas, seafood is very popular but move away from the coast into the dramatic mountainous landscape of the Picos de Europa, and the dishes reflect the abundant produce of the green and fertile landscape.

Cabbage, meat, beans and sausages dominate the winter-warming character of the many Asturias recipes and stews that are part of the daily menu for the locals. The most famous of these stews is Fabada which boasts and impressive mix of ingredients including; white beans, pork, morcilla (similar to black pudding), chorizo and saffron.

Common features of the landscape are the apple groves which provide the vital ingredient for the traditional local drink called Sidra (Cider). Cider-drinking is serious business in this part of the world and it is served in a very particular way; the server (escanciador) pours the drink from a great height allowing it to oxygenate as it falls into the glass below, it is then drunk immediately before it loses its carbonation.

The area is also famous for its dairy produce and the pastures provide milk for many of Spain’s cheeses. The mountains produce more than 20 varieties of cheese including the strong blue Cabrales, which is the most famous in the region and is now produced under a Denominacion de Origen (D.O.) Other notable cheeses from the region include Afuega'l pitu, Los Beyos, Casín, Gamonedo, Peñamellera, Urbiés and La Peral.

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Asturias recipes are perhaps the most traditional in all of Spain - yes, there are new modern restaurants in some of the larger cities and other influences have crept in to the cuisine; but on the whole, this region of farmers, fishermen, miners and labourers remains proud and true to its humble working-class roots.cabrales cheese

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Fabada Asturiana

Hake with almond and saffron sauce

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