Tortilla, empanada, bacalao, tarta de Santiago…. The Camino de Santiago could be done from plate to plate, from kitchen to kitchen, from flavor to flavor. As great as its cultural or artistic heritage, the Jacobean Routes have an enormous gastronomic wealth that we can enjoy during our pilgrimage.
This week we propose you tackle the Covid-19 from home cooking some of those dishes that automatically transport us to the Camino de Santiago. We start with four simple recipes, which include its origins and its history, in addition to the steps you must follow to feed your soul…. And your body.
At breakfast, as a mid-morning tapa, for lunch, for a snack or for dinner. The Spanish omelette (tortilla de patata) is one of those dishes that you want at any time. Potatoes, eggs, oil and salt are the basic ingredients of one of the most popular dishes in Spanish cuisine that accepts almost everything as a complement: vegetables, meats, seafood...
Although the potato arrived in Spain after the discovery of America, it would not become a popular food until the 18th century. There we find the first references to the Spanish omelette, a nutritious and cheap dish that served to alleviate the hunger that plagued the country.
There are many ways of making a tortilla. With the egg either well done or undercooked, with onion or without it…. You like it how you like it, if you feel the need to return to the Camino, do not hesitate to fry potatoes, beat eggs and cook it in the pan. Sensory travel guaranteed.
The recipe? It couldn't be easier:
An easy recipe that will automatically take us to the Camino de Santiago is the Empanada gallega. Its ingredients are as simple as they are varied. On one hand, the dough. On the other, whatever you want. The most typical are those made of zorza or raxo (pork), octopus, scallops or tuna. Although there are all kinds: vegetarian (with turnip tops or spinach), chicken, cod with raisins….
But the key to the empanada gallega is in the dough. In many places it is made with puff pastry, although the typical one is made of flour, olive oil, yeast and salt. The filling is accompanied by a sauce made out of onion, which in some cases incorporates green and / or red pepper.
How about we make a tuna empanada? Let's go with the recipe:
Do you dare with the dough? Let's do it!
And your empanada is ready to eat!
If we had to choose a single fish dish to savor the Camino de Santiago, without a doubt we would pick the bacalao ajoarriero. Typical of Aragon and Navarra, but also of León and some areas of the Basque Country, this simple dish does not have a unique recipe.
The indispensable ingredients are salted cod and a sauce of garlic and paprika. Over time, vegetables have been added to the recipe, which will depend largely on the region, the season and even the cook’s taste. The most typical are: tomato, onion, piquillo peppers and garlic.
Its origin is not very clear, although the most popular theory is that, as its name suggests, we owe this dish to the muleteers, people in charge of transporting goods on the back of animals throughout the Spanish territory, who composed the recipe according to the ingredients they found on their way.
Its elaboration is very simple:
Previous steps: desalt the cod for about 48 hours changing the water every 8 hours.
Preparation: poach the garlic and vegetables over low heat. Meanwhile, brown the cod in olive oil: leave it for a few minutes on each side over low heat until we see that, when picked, it easily flakes off. Once the vegetables are poached, add the tomato sauce, leave for a few minutes and add the cod flakes.
There is no better dessert for the Camino de Santiago. Ground almonds, eggs and sugar make this cake an unforgettable memory for every pilgrim who comes to Santiago. All covered in a cloak of powdered sugar with the unmistakable cross of the Apostle drawn on it.
We know its flavor but what about its origin? The first written documentation was found in 1577, during Pedro de Porto Carrero's visit to the University of Santiago. The records show that he was served Torta Real (Royal Cake), an almond cake made in the same way as the current Tarta de Santiago.
This cake underwent a transformation in 1929, when the Casa Mora Compostela pastry shop (which we can still find today in Rúa do Vilar) decided to decorate the almond cake with a silhouette of the Santiago Cross. Thus, the cake and the Camino de Santiago were forever united until today.
Remove the stencil and you are ready to enjoy one of the most typical desserts on the Camino!
Here ends our Jacobean recipe book for today. We hope we made your mouths water and that you have been transported to the Camino for a few minutes. And, if you want to taste it, put these recipes into practice. If you do, do not hesitate to show us your dishes. And if you miss any dish, we accept suggestions ;-) Enjoy it and Buen Camino!
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We transfer your rucksack
So that you can travel light along the Camino de Santiago
We transfer your rucksack or suitcase from your accommodation at one stage to the next!! This way, your walk is more comfortable, your bag is lighter and you can enjoy every step of the Camino. We will take your luggage every day to your next hostel or hotel.
Bicycle transportation services
We send your bicycle to your starting or finishing point
Decide where you want to start the Camino and we will send your bicycle there from any branch of Correos. Once you finish the Camino de Santiago you can go to the nearest post office and send it back home again. Your bicycle will be insured and we package your bike without disassembling it.
For everything you want in or out of your rucksack
With our Paq Peregrino you can send suitcases or parcels to any point along the Camino (hostels, hotels, branches of Correos, etc) so that you have your personal belongings when you arrive. You can therefore have extra clothes or other items and not only the ones you carry along the Way. You can also send back whatever you have in your daily rucksack that you no longer need.
So that you have nothing to worry about other than just enjoying the Camino
Correos offers a prepaid card that is not linked to a bank account. In this way, you can defort walk the Camino without taking your credit or debit cards with you. You only have to put the money on the card that you are going to need and then top up again if your balance is low. This is a simple, safe and comfortable way of taking your money along the Camino.
Stamping Your Credential
So that you have the best stamps on your Pilgrim's Passport
Branches of Correos along the Camino de Santiago stamp your Credential or Pilgrim's Passport with our special stamps. Many of these stamps represent important tourist attractions from that particular place to help you remember your jorney.
Sending parcels along the Camino de Santiago
Send your parcels without having to go along to a branch of Correos!
You can send a parcel from any of the over one-hundred branches of CORREOS located along the Camino de Santiago and additionally from some of our “Tiendas Amigas del Camino”, a network of shops and accommodation from where you can send parcels any time of the day. This service will help you to get rid of things from your luggage that you no longer need. You can also buy souvenirs or some typical products without having to worry about carrying them with you.
Lockers in Santiago
So that you can freely visit the Cathedral or enjoy the city
Our Pilgrim's Office at Rúa do Franco, 150 metres from the Plaza del Obradoiro, has lockers. You can leave your rucksack, suitcase, bike or trekking pole before you go into the Cathedral or you can wander around Santiago without having to worry about your luggage.
To help you with anything you may need
We have over 150 branches of Correos along all the Caminos. We will be delighted to welcome you and help you with anything you need.