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Spanish Breakfast – Breakfast Around the World #6

June 24, 2016

Hey there! When I started this blog, I set myself a mission to recreate as many traditional breakfasts from all around the world as possible. Many people skip the breakfast, but in my opinion it is the most important meal of the day. Your body and brain need some fuel to start moving for God’s sake! That’s why I find it insanely interesting to discover what people eat for breakfast in different countries across the globe. Let’s go!

The #6 installment of the “Breakfast around the world” post series is already here! I feel like a child every time I am picking up a country to explore next. So exciting! The fact that it’s only a sixth post, a six country out of 190-something, makes it even more exciting, because all the adventures are still ahead of me. Today we are heading to the southwestern Europe, to the country I had a chance to visit by myself, the country of Flamenco, soccer, beautiful beaches, and many other awesome things – Spain! But what about the food, particularly Spanish breakfast (el desayuno)? Is it good? Let’s check it out!

A look at the traditional Spanish breakfast featuring the famous Spanish potato omelette, churros and hot chocolate, and a big variety of delicious sandwiches!

To say that I love Spanish cuisine would be an understatement. Tapas (I plan to make a separate post on them in the nearest future), paella, jamón, Spanish omelette, sangria, all the seafood, I could go on and on. I loved it before visiting this wonderful country, and I love it even more after I went there. But what about the Spanish breakfast? Let me start by saying that in Spain people tend to have their breakfast a little bit later than everywhere else – around mid-morning. It’s not surprising keeping in mind the famous late Spanish 10pm dinners. Even Mcdonalds had to change their breakfast schedule in order to adapt to the local customs: their breakfast menu in Spain is available until 1pm while in all other countries it is served until 12am.

The Spanish breakfast usually is very light. No pancakes or stuff like that, not too much meat. The meal choice depends on where Spaniards have their breakfast: at home or in a local bar or café. At home it’s usually something really really simple, like biscuits (galletas) or cupcakes (magdalenas) with a cup of coffee. In a bar there are way more choices: churros con chocolate (fried-dough, doughnut-like pastry served with a cup of hot chocolate for dipping), tostadas (toasts, but not square ones) with different toppings, tortilla (famous Spanish potato omelette), bocadillos (French bread sandwiches with various fillings). All these delicious meals are always washed down with a cup of coffee.

A look at the traditional Spanish breakfast featuring the famous Spanish potato omelette, churros and hot chocolate, and a big variety of delicious sandwiches!

Now that you have a little bit of a background on what to expect, let’s have a look at my Spanish breakfast table!

Eggs

Spain is one of the rare countries where fried eggs are not a popular breakfast option. However, eggs are consumed, just in a form of an omelette. Spain is famous for its potato omelette, called tortilla. I would even call it a national Spanish dish, because the popularity of it is crazy. I made it last week, you can find a recipe here. Spanish omelette requires only few simple ingredients (potatoes, eggs, onion) but it’s so good! Of course I am talking about the most basic version here, because you can stuff your tortilla with anything you want: seafood, ham, sausage, to name a few. Usually, in bars and cafés, you can order a piece of an omelette with a cup of coffee. It’s surely my type of breakfast, I love it!

A look at the traditional Spanish breakfast featuring the famous Spanish potato omelette, churros and hot chocolate, and a big variety of delicious sandwiches!

Sandwiches

I would say that it’s a cornerstone of the Spanish breakfast. There is a big variety of sandwiches available in every single bar. The most famous one is Pan Con Tomate in Spanish, or Pa Amb Tomàquet in Catalan. It’s basically a toasted bread topped with tomato pulp, garlic and olive oil. Tomatoes should be really ripe to make a good Pan Con Tomate. Authentically you just take a ripe tomato and rub it over a bread until it is covered with pulp. That’s the way it is served in some places in Spain. You’ll get a piece of bread, a tomato and you will have to make it yourself! So much fun. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to experience it while being in Spain. Now it’s on my list of things-to-do during my next visit to this amazing country!

A look at the traditional Spanish breakfast featuring the famous Spanish potato omelette, churros and hot chocolate, and a big variety of delicious sandwiches!

Alternatively you can make Pan Con Tomate by grating your tomatoes. That’s the way I did it using the recipe by the talented J. Kenji López-Alt from Serious Eats and I loved every bit! The recipe itself is super simple: toast the bread, rub it with garlic, top with pulp of a tomato, drizzle with olive oil. That’s it! Other possible Spanish breakfast sandwich options are tostada con mantequilla y mermelada (bread with butter and jam), toast with jamón (Spanish dry-cured ham), toast with cheese and many others. There are also bocadillos – French bread sandwiches with different fillings.

Sweets

The undeniable star of all the sweets in Spain is the famous Churros Con Chocolate. I made them, you can find the recipe here. For those who don’t know what churros are about, it’s a fried dough pastry which usually comes in long strips and is covered with sugar and (sometimes) cinnamon. Many of you may know them because of their popularity in Mexico. Let me tell you this: churros are A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Despite the fact that they are deep-fried they are not oily at all. You just need to have the oil at a right temperature when frying them. Use my recipe and you will love the outcome!

But that’s not everything. Spaniards are dunking their churros in hot chocolate! Isn’t it amazing? It is. And yes, they are super popular for breakfast. Most probably, people won’t bother making churros at home in the early morning, because they do require some work and time. Fortunately, there are plenty of places where you can taste them. Churros are so popular in Spain that there even exist special cafés called Churrerias. I would be able to LIVE in such a place.

A look at the traditional Spanish breakfast featuring the famous Spanish potato omelette, churros and hot chocolate, and a big variety of delicious sandwiches!

Other sweet Spanish breakfast options are biscuits (galletas) and cupcakes or muffins, I am not sure how to call them, magdalenas. That’s what people choose at home, when there is no time to prepare anything in the morning. I was able to find magdalenas in my local supermarket, so you can see them in the photos. They go really well with a cup of coffee! I won’t talk about croissants and other baked goods which are not of Spanish origin, but ther are plenty of them in Spain.

Beverages

There is no Spanish breakfast without a cup of coffee. There are few popular options: Café con leche (coffee with milk), Café solo (simple black coffee), Espresso, and others. I made a version with milk, because I am not a huge fan of simple coffee. For the Spanish Café con leche make a strong coffee, heat the milk, and mix two together. Various fruit juices (zumo) are also served for Spanish breakfast. The most popular one is zumo de naranja – orange juice. Almost every bar in Spain has a juicer so you are always able to get some freshly squeezed juice! Love it.

A look at the traditional Spanish breakfast featuring the famous Spanish potato omelette, churros and hot chocolate, and a big variety of delicious sandwiches!

That’s it! Oh, one more thing. I read somewhere that sweet Spanish toasts (torrijas) are also eaten for breakfast. I did them some time ago for the blog. My version is with the alcohol based syrup, which is probably not the best thing to consume in the morning, but you can easily drizzle some honey over the toasts instead of that syrup and you are good to go!

To conclude, it’s surely my type of breakfast. I love omelette, especially I loved this one with potatoes, I am a huge fan of various sandwiches, and I am ashamed to say that I really do love to have some sort of a sweet treat in the morning… Churros are fantastic. I would easily stuff them in my face every single day. I won’t do that though, but I would love to. Thank you Spain, you are awesome! See you in other Breakfast Around the World” posts!

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A look at the traditional Spanish breakfast featuring the famous Spanish potato omelette, churros and hot chocolate, and a big variety of delicious sandwiches!
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Spanish Breakfast – Breakfast Around the World #6

Spanish breakfast is one of the best in Europe. It offers potato omelette, their famous Churros, cupcakes, and a selection of awesome sandwiches!

Cuisine: Spanish
Author: CookingTheGlobe
Ingredients
  • Spanish Omelette
  • Pan Con Tomate (tomato, garlic, and olive oil sandwich)
  • Butter and jam
  • Jamón ibérico , or any other Spanish ham
  • Churros Con Chocolate
  • Coffee with milk
  • Orange juice
  • Spanish cupcakes (magdalenas)
  • Olives
Instructions
  1. Serve all the items and enjoy your traditional Spanish breakfast!

 

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24 Comments

  • Reply Christine June 25, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Fantastic! I’m a big fan of the breakfast series. Can’t wait for the next one.

    • Reply Igor June 26, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Thank you, Christine! It’s nice to know that someone loves these posts 🙂

  • Reply Just Jo June 26, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Now I think it’s hard to make Spanish omelettes look good in photos but you’ve really managed it. This looks delicious. I love Spanish food too as it always reminds me of family holidays in Lanzarote LD

    • Reply Igor June 26, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks, Jo! 🙂

  • Reply Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche June 26, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I absolutely love a Spanish tortilla – somehow the potato makes it feel totally different to a normal omelette. So yum!

    • Reply Igor June 26, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      Yes, Becca! Such a simple thing as potato makes the omelette taste totally different (better) 🙂

  • Reply Katie Crenshaw June 26, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    This is an incredible looking breakfast! The Spaniards know how to eat! And Churros con chocolate? Sweet heaven! I am inspired!

    • Reply Igor June 26, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      Katie, I am in love with this breakfast too! Of course, Churros for breakfast is not the healthiest thing you can have, but what you gonna do if they are so awesome? 🙂

  • Reply Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry June 26, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Spanish omelette is filling and tasty and I’ve had churros at a local tapas bar. Do they have any fruit with breakfast at all?

    • Reply Igor June 26, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Bintu, I know they love fresh juice for breakfast so they may have some fruit too 🙂

  • Reply Jolina - The Unlikely Baker June 28, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    That is one amazing breakfast spread! I love (love love) Spanish cuisine and I want to eat everything on those pictures! But I think I will go for the churros first 🙂

    • Reply Igor July 1, 2016 at 10:20 am

      Great choice, Jolina! 🙂

  • Reply Laura | Wandercooks June 28, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Fascinating article Igor! I think one of the most interesting ways to understand a culture is through its breakfast table haha. We went to Spain last year and were lucky enough to have the Pan Con Tomate – so good! We almost thought it was just going to be like bruschetta, but it’s a totally different flavour. Hope you enjoyed when you made yours at home. 🙂

    • Reply Igor July 1, 2016 at 10:22 am

      I really did, Laura! I want to try the real Spanish Pan Con Tomate so bad. Oh well, Spain is not too far away from me, I’ll make it one day! 🙂

  • Reply Donna June 29, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    What a fun post!! I went to Spain as a kid, and remember loving the breakfasts we got to eat there. I have to get back one day – churros for breakfast – yes please 🙂

    • Reply Igor July 1, 2016 at 10:23 am

      Churros are the best, Donna! 🙂

  • Reply HEATHER June 30, 2016 at 2:17 am

    What an awesome idea!! I love that there are so many different textures and flavors combined into one breakfast.. excellent!!

    • Reply Igor July 1, 2016 at 10:23 am

      Yes, Heather. It’s surely one of the best breakfasts I had so far 🙂

  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy June 30, 2016 at 8:13 am

    I love spending time in Spain, as I get to eat olives for breakfast. That always makes me happy.

    • Reply Igor July 1, 2016 at 10:24 am

      There is nothing better than fresh olives, Dannii! 🙂

  • Reply Martha Vidal-Guirao October 13, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Just found out your blog, I love this breakfast series! Being Spanish (more specifically Catalan) it’s lovely to see how well-informed you are about this topic, you perfectly described what people really have for breakfast, instead of simply using stereotipes. Here I leave some extra info you may find interesting: it’s true “tortilla” can be served in bars in the morning, but it’s more of a “tapa” than a breakfast option (small tortilla bites are usually eaten before lunch as an “aperitivo”, along with some beer and olives). In Catalonia, tomatoes are rubbed on a type of bread called “pa de pagès” (literally meaning “farmer’s bread, you can look it up) and served with ham or other pork-derived cold meat and cheese, whereas in Andalusia it’s very popular to spread tomato pulp all over a very soft bread called “mollete”, without cold meat whatsoevee. Garlic is not always used in either cases. In other places like Madrid, olive oil is more traditional.

    • Reply Igor November 25, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks for taking your time to leave a comment, Martha! It’s always nice to hear from locals. I am so happy that you liked the way I described your breakfast 🙂 Beer before lunch? Sounds good to me, ha! I will make sure to taste both “pa de pagès” and “mollete” the next time I’ll visit your beautiful country 🙂

  • Reply Sandra April 7, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Hi! I just finished reading your Breakfast Series and I think you’ve done a great research! They are completely accurate. And I’m glad you liked Spain and its breakfast 🙂
    I just wanted to make a contribution: “ensaimadas” are also a typical dish. They’re only eaten in some areas and they’re from Mallorca (one of the Balearic Islands), but they can be found in grocery shops all over Spain. I don’t think you can find them in other countries, though. They’re spiral shaped buns made of puff pastry with powdered sugar on top, filled with “cabello de ángel” or angel hair ( pumpkin strands in syrup). They can be filled with cream or honey too, but not usually. I suggest you to try one if you haven’t yet when you come here again, everytime I go to Mallorca, I always see a bunch of tourists carrying ensaimada boxes.

    • Reply Igor April 17, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      Thanks so much for the intake, Sandra! Ensaimadas sound awesome. I am in Tenerife right now, I will try to find them here 🙂

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