Madrid´s gastronomy is very rich and varied, and during the autumn season, which is already starting to get a little cold, it offers a series of comforting dishes and flavors that reflect this season.
If you are studying or on Erasmus at this time in Madrid you cannot stop trying the, remember that our Vitium Residences are very close to the center where you can easily find a place to taste their dishes.
In this post we are going to recommend and explain the main ones:
Madrid stew is one of the most representative dishes of Madrid gastronomy and of traditional Spanish cuisine in general. It is a hearty and comforting dish that consists of a stew that combines different types of meats, vegetables and legumes.
The basic ingredients of Madrid stew are usually chickpeas, pork, beef, chicken, bacon, ham bones, chorizo and blood sausage, among others. In addition, various vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, onions and leeks are included. The dish is prepared in a large pot and boiled slowly to achieve a tasty and succulent mixture.
Madrid stew is a traditional served in three dishes. First the soup is served with noodles, then the vegetables and chickpeas are served and finally the meats, chorizo and blood sausage are served.
It is a very popular dish in the winter and autumn months, since its consistency and flavor make it a comforting meal, ideal for cold days.
Callos a la madrileña
Callos a la Madrileña are a traditional dish of Madrid and Spanish cuisine in general, which consists of a stew made from tripe, a part of the stomach of the cow, generally the tripero, which is cooked together with chorizo, black pudding, bacon, paprika and other seasonings.
Tripe is a typical dish of Spanish gastronomy and is prepared in various ways depending on the region. The Madrid recipe in particular is known for its robust flavor and combination of intense flavors.
The basic ingredients to prepare Callos a la Madrileña include cow tripe, snout, leg and tripe, as well as chorizo, blood sausage, bacon, onion, garlic, paprika and sometimes white wine or red wine. They are cooked slowly so that the tripe softens and is infused with the flavors of the other ingredients.
Callos a la Madrileña are typically served as a main dish and are usually accompanied by bread or even rice.
Huevos estrellados o rotos
Scrambled eggs are a popular dish in Spanish cuisine. They are prepared by frying eggs in hot olive oil until the whites are cooked and the yolks are still runny.
They are usually served on a bed of French fries, which can be diced or sliced.
In addition to potatoes, fried eggs are often accompanied with different ingredients depending on regional or personal preference. They can be served with ham, chorizo, chistorra or other sausages. You can also add peppers, mushrooms or other vegetables.
Bocadillo de calamares
The calamari sandwich is a popular and emblematic dish of Madrid cuisine and some other coastal regions of Spain. It consists of battered and fried squid rings, usually seasoned with salt and sometimes with garlic or parsley, served inside a crusty roll, such as a baguette or similar bread.
This sandwich is a simple but tasty dish, which stands out for the combination of the crunchy texture of the squid and the softness of the bread. It is usually served accompanied by lemon or aioli to add an extra touch of flavor. It is a popular food among Madrid residents and tourists, who often enjoy it as a quick snack or casual meal while strolling around the city.
Potaje de garbanzos
It is a thick and comforting stew that is prepared with chickpeas, vegetables, meat and sometimes sausages.
The recipe may vary depending on the region and personal tastes, but generally includes ingredients such as chickpeas, spinach, chard, cod or pork, potatoes, onions, carrots, garlic, paprika, among others. The chickpeas are cooked slowly with the other ingredients, allowing them to absorb the flavors and spices, resulting in a rich, flavorful dish.
Chickpea stew is a hearty and nutritious dish that is consumed as a main dish and served hot.
In addition to these specific dishes, you could also explore the city´s markets for seasonal local produce, such as roasted chestnuts, autumn fruits, and a variety of cheeses and cured meats.