Balearic Island Recipes

flag of balearicsmap-of-balearicsRegion: Balearic Islands, Illes Balears (Catalan), Islas Baleares (Spanish)

Capital: Palma

Islands: Majorca, Mallorca (Catalan, Spanish); Minorca, Menorca (Catalan, Spanish); Ibiza, Eivissa (Catalan); and Formentera

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cala-benirrasThe cuisine of the Balearic Islands is often over-looked and described simply as an extension of the closely-related Catalonian and Valencian cuisines. It is true that there are similarities between the cooking styles of these regions but they each have their own identity that should be appreciated.

Balearic Island recipes are often very simple and celebrate the natural flavours of fresh ingredients to produce one of the healthiest diets in all of Spain. A perfect combination of natural sweetness and salt that is naturally pleasing to the palate. The secret to this style is the quality of ingredients and the Balearic Islands have it all in abundance: wonderfully sweet and aromatic Olive oil, the finest quality fruit and vegetables and prime Mediterranean seafood. Is it any wonder that they keep it simple?

A good introduction to Balearic cuisine would be the wonderful soups; sopas mallorquina is a stew-like soup that has its roots firmly in the countryside and is an incredible example of how the locals can extract maximum flavour from the simplest of ingredients such as vegetables and bread. More extravagant soups and stews are made using top quality seafood such as lobster and in Menorca you can sample an endless variety of seafood soups prepared in large pots over open flames.

Other typical Balearic Island recipes are flaos, pastry-based tarts, often made with sweet and savoury ingredients typical of the islands; Cocas, similar to pizzas but without cheese and popular all over the islands and also in Valencia and Catalonia; tombet, a vegetable stew similar to ratatouile; and ensaïmada, a typical Majorcan

Menorca is renowned for its cheese production with Mahon being the most famous cheese from the island. It is sweet and fruity with a slightly sharp edge; the cheese is very versatile and appears in all sorts of sweet and savoury Balearic Island recipes. It is also widely believed that mayonnaise originated in the Menorcan capital of Mahon.

Mallorca information
SkyBlue Mallorca
Food and Wine Guide for Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Balearic Island Recipes

Patatas Bravas

Sopas Mallorquinas

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