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Top 10 Spanish Dishes


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Pulpo a la Gallega (Galician Octopus)
Top 10 Spanish Dishes

Pulpo a la Gallega

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Pulpo a la Gallega (Galician octopus) is Galicia's signature dish. The octopus is boiled and then garnished with paprika, rock salt and olive oil. The flavor is subtle and inoffensive but the texture might put some people off.

Octopus actually has two textures - the inner muscle is slightly chewy, while the exterior (where the suckers are) is very slippery.

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Despite what a popular tourist guide says, Pulpo a la Gallega is the same thing as Pulpo a la Feria (or Pulpo á Feira in Galician). The addition of potato is optional, though when potato and vegetables are added it is normally grilled on a hot plate and called pulpo a la plancha or pulpo a la parilla.

Though Galicia is most famous for the gallego version, this is actually the most popular way of eating it throughout Spain. The grilled version is harder to find, easier for octopus novices to try (less slimey) and, in my opinion, a lot nicer!

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Where to Try Pulpo a la Gallega: in Galicia, either in a city like Santiago de Compostela or A Coruña or in one of the region's beautiful villages.

The nearest airports are in Santiago de Compostela and Oviedo.

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