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7 Typical Mallorcan Dishes
Mallorca will shake up all five of your senses from the very beginning, but this will cause particular delight in one of them: your taste. Your palate will surrender to the fresh and intense flavors of Mallorcan cuisine. The traditional recipes combined with natural ingredients from the island make for dishes you will never forget.
All of the island’s cuisine is based on items fresh from the garden, locally raised pork, and the many varieties of fish present in the sea. It is a purely Mediterranean diet, with a special touch that distinguishes it from the rest. In order to understand it, you have to try it.
If you’re going to visit the island and don’t want to miss its true flavor, these are the typical Mallorcan dishes you must sample.
The coca of Trampó
Although the presence of coca has extended to other areas of the Iberian peninsula, the typical Mallorcan coca is prepared with a dough made of flour, egg, water, oil, butter and salt. To this is added red peppers, green peppers, tomatoes, onion, paprika, olive oil and salt. It can be enjoyed as an appetizer or entrée.
This is a rice in hot broth that is prepared in a clay pot with meat, sausages, vegetables, spices and mushrooms, although these ingredients can change depending on the season. The rice acquires a darker color which has led to the name “dirty rice” or arrós brut in Mallorcan.
It’s a broth made of vegetables, particularly onion and peppers, garnished with slices of payés rye bread sliced very thinly.
Legend has it that this dish has existed since the 15th century, making it one of the oldest recipes on the island. Although it can be accompanied by fish or vegetables, traditionally frito is made with lean pork or lamb. To this is added: potatoes, red peppers, scallions, peas, garlic, olive oil, fennel and salt.
Mallorcan roast suckling pig
Mallorca is home to a particular breed of pigs used commonly in many traditional Mallorcan dishes. In this case, the roast suckling pig is prepared only to be served during important holidays and other special occasions.
This dish showcases the Malloran harvest, made as it is from local vegetables (making it apt for vegetarians). Tumbet has fried eggplant, potatoes, and a sauce made of ripe tomatoes, oil, garlic and salt. All of this is then served in a clay pot. Sometimes meat or fish is added.
Those who enjoy snails will find particular delight in this traditional seafaring dish. These are served, moreover, with potatoes and a broth made of parsley, garlic, fennel, mint and chili. Delicious!
You cannot visit the island without trying some of the typical dishes in Mallorca; now you know which ones to choose from the menu.