The Mediterranean diet is recognized worldwide as one of the healthiest ways to eat. As its name indicates, the Mediterranean diet is the set of ingredients and foods that are consumed in the regions bathed by the Mediterranean Sea. The temperate climate of these regions allows an excellent cultivation of a great variety of fruits and vegetables, such as tomatoes or olives. The olive is very important in the Mediterranean diet, since it is the main ingredient with which olive oil is made.
The typical Majorcan food reflects the authentic taste of the Mediterranean diet, full of fresh seasonal vegetables and always cooked with olive oil. Many travellers come to Mallorca for its fantastic beaches, but when they discover all the secrets of typical Mallorcan food, they are completely captivated by the gastronomy of this fantastic island.
Mallorcan fried food is one of those dishes rooted in the culture, with seasoning and of which you should not repeat even if your grandmother insists. We say you shouldn’t repeat it because, as its name indicates, in the frito mallorquín everything is fried. Although there are different types of frito mallorquin, the base is always the same. The main ingredients of this dish are meat, vegetables and spices, although in some cases it also includes casquería. There are mainly three types of frit mallorquin that are usually prepared on the island: slaughter, lamb and seafood. Lamb and seafood are very similar, the only difference being that the meat is replaced by fish and seafood. On the other hand, the fried meat is one of the most popular dishes on the island. The Mallorcan frito de matanzas is prepared only with liver, potatoes, red bell pepper and bacon. We assure you that it is the ideal way to recharge your batteries after a hard day visiting Mallorca.
There is no doubt that the most typical souvenir when returning from a visit to Mallorca is the ensaimada. This characteristic sweet is one of the greatest signs of identity of Mallorca around the world. Its name comes from the word saïm, which is how the lard is known in Catalan. At first sight it may seem strange to talk about lard when it comes to a dessert, but lard is a key ingredient to make an authentic ensaimada. To prepare it, a dough is made with eggs, flour, sugar and lard, and it is left to ferment for about 6 hours. Then it is rolled out until a very thin layer is achieved and, again, a layer of butter is added. After the butter, it is time to roll it up with its characteristic shape and let it ferment for 12 more hours. Afterwards, it is time to bake it and eat it!
Now do you understand why we say that the butter is vital in the ensaimada? The best thing about this sweet is that it is the perfect base for any accompaniment, whether sweet or savoury. Yes, yes, you read that right, salty. The ensaimada filled with cream or toasted cream is very typical on the island, but it is also perfect to accompany sausages such as sobrasada.
Sobrassada of Mallorca
The sobrassada is another of the standards of the typical Majorcan food. This curious sausage is prepared with pork and spices and is left to cure for months. The most characteristic feature of sobrassada is that it is one of the few sausages that can be spread. In the Mallorcan gastronomy sobrassada has a great weight, either as a sausage or as an ingredient for other dishes. The great advantage of sobrassada is that it can easily be added to any dish, so we encourage you to experiment with this typical sausage. Although if you prefer you can always eat it with bread, in that case we recommend that you add a little honey or sugar, and you will see what a delight it is.
Gató de Almendras
We are sure that if you ask any Mallorcan what they ate for dessert at the last wedding, communion or baptism they attended, they will tell you “gató de almendras”. This dessert is not as well known as the ensaimada but it is one of the most popular desserts on the big occasions. The gató de almendras is a sponge cake made from flour, eggs, sugar and almonds. The almond in Mallorca is one of the most popular nuts, as the fields full of almonds abound. It is very typical to accompany the gató de almendras with an ice cream ball, usually made of almonds, although we invite you to experiment. This fantastic combination is the perfect ending to a good typical Majorcan meal.
Hotel Holiday Center Santa Ponsa
We have only shown you a very small part of Mallorcan gastronomy and we are sure that you are already salivating. However much we write praising the tastes, smells and textures of Mallorcan food, a spoonful is worth a thousand words. That’s why, if you want to know all the secrets of Mallorcan gastronomy, we recommend that you visit this jewel of the Mediterranean. For your gastronomic trip around Mallorca you will need the best accommodation, and this is, without a doubt, the Hotel Holiday Center Santa Ponsa.
Stop looking for the perfect hotel Mallorca for you, because with Holiday Center Santa Ponsa you’ll be sure to get it right. Our hotel Holiday Center Santa Ponsa is located in the municipality of Calvià, which is one of the most famous hotels in Mallorca because it houses a huge tourist and leisure offer. Thanks to its many bars and restaurants you can easily try all the delights that make up the typical Mallorcan food. However, if you want to get to know the island better, from Santa Ponsa you will reach Palma de Mallorca in no time. To get to the capital of Mallorca you will only have to drive 20 minutes or choose public transport, which connects Santa Ponsa and Palma de Mallorca perfectly.
Many times when we are on vacation we just want to disconnect and rest from the daily routine. That’s why to enjoy the most characteristic dishes of Mallorcan food you don’t even have to leave Holiday Center Santa Ponsa. In our restaurant not only you will be able to enjoy the best typical Majorcan food, but also you will be able to try specialties of any part of the world. Start eating Majorca with Holiday Center Santa Ponsa.