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Gran Canaria gastronomy

Gran Canaria gastronomy & typical dishes

papas con mojoPapas arrugadas with mojo
Papas arrugadas con mojo (Small Potatoes Boiled in Their Jackets with Mojo sauce) are one of the best known dishes of the Canary Islands, to do it is used the beautiful potato that boils without peeling and adding a lot of salt, if possible sea salt. Once boiled removes the excess water left by a salt crust on the potato. In some places they continue to prepare it with sea water, as it was done in antiquity. It is always accompanied by red mojo or green mojo although the most characteristic is red that are usually spicy because of its content in pepper.

Ropa vieja Gran CanariaRopa Vieja
La ropa vieja is a typical dish of the Island of Gran Canaria but depending on the area the recipe may vary. The origin of this dish is the use of „Puchero“ leftovers, the basic ingredients are chickpeas, potatoes, pork or beef, chicken or chicken, tomato, onion, pepper, garlic, thyme, bay leaf, saffron, parsley, black pepper, paprika and salt.

Sancocho CanarioSancocho
El Sancocho is a typical dish prepared with a base of salted fish that is used to be cherne, corvina or donkey and q to which are added cooked potatoes or „sancochadas“ and sweet potato, all sprinkled with red mojo or green mojo. It is accustomed to accompany with the gofio pellet that can be prepared with the own water of the surplus fish kneaded with gofio. It is a festive dish that traditionally prepared on Good Friday to avoid eating meat although at present it is more related to family gatherings.

Pata asada CanariaPata asada
The roasted leg or Ham canary is popularly known as „Pata“ and is a simple dish to prepare but very tasty. It is a piece of pork from 5 to 6 kilos if it is prepared in the house oven but is served larger in bars and restaurants. The preparation is simple since the only ingredients are the pork leg, salt, laurel, lard, white wine and water.

Gofio EscaldadoGofio escaldado
Gofio is toasted flour genralmente of wheat or corn and to prepare it blanched it is necessary to mix it in a hot broth that is usually of vegetables. This mixture has to reach a waiting consistency, something like a pudding. Once mixed it is served in a bowl with herbwort (peppermint) and a few pieces of red onion. In some places almonds or other nuts are added.

Caldo de pescado CanarioFish soup
Fish soup is a very common dish in the Canary Islands although the recipe varies between different islands and even within the same island. The most common fish species for fish soup are grouper fish, „sama“ and „cherne“ and are usually accompanied with a scalded gofio. Also add potatoes, ripe tomatoes, peppers and onions.

Bienmesabe CanarioBienmesabe
The Canarian Bienmesabe is a typical product of the Canarian recipe and is produced in the town of Tejeda, Gran Canaria. The base is the almond, the egg, the sugar and the grated lemon and is rather thick texture. It is also very typical to prepare it in ice cream.

Gastronomy in other areas of Gran Canaria

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