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JANro 01, 2023

What to eat in Mallorca? The typical dishes of the island

Sweet ensaimada on yellow background

Whenever we go on a vacation, there are many things we seek. Getting to know new cultures, and new people, visiting wonderful landscapes or finding ourselves in beautiful places we didn’t even know existed.

Undoubtedly, there are many ways to enjoy a vacation, but this time, we will only talk about food! And what better than Mallorca to get to know and taste its most delicious typical dishes.

Here we will introduce you to the 5 most typical dishes of the island.

Frito Mallorquín or Mallorcan Fried Dish

Let’s start with the most remarkable dish. This is the typical dish par excellence, which represents and puts high the Mallorcan gastronomy. This delicacy is one of the oldest recipes of the city, and the best of all is that it can be elaborated with different types of vegetables according to the season of the year.

The Mallorcan frito consists of a delicious dish composed of lean meat, either pork or lamb, livers, potatoes, red peppers, onions, fennel, peas, garlic, salt and extra virgin olive oil from Spain.

Bread with oil (Pa amb oli)

Pa amb oli (bread with extra virgin olive oil from Spain in Catalan) is one of the most typical, easy and quick preparations of Mallorcan cuisine. The recipe was first documented by a Majorcan friar named Jaume Josep Bernat Martí i Oliver in the middle of the 18th century.

Pa amb oli is similar to the Catalan pa amb tomàquet and differs in the type of bread used and the amount and type of tomato used. It should be noted that pa amb oli is a predecessor of pa amb tomàquet.

The bread that is normally used in this dish is the Mallorcan brown bread or «pan payés».

Sobrasada

Sobrasada is one of Mallorca’s most well-known dishes. This sausage is made from Porc Negre, an indigenous pig breed that is a first cousin to the Iberian pig. This sausage is typically put on traditional Mallorcan brown bread or on the famous quelys cookies. We would not want to forget other products that come from the black pig, such as the butifarrón, but without a doubt, the most consumed and appreciated product is the sobrasada.

Tumbet

The tumbet is yet another outstanding example of traditional Mallorcan food. A dish cooked with fresh seasonal vegetables from Mallorca’s diverse garden. A tasty dish that leaves no one indifferent and that will delight vegetable lovers. Its preparation is based on frying eggplants, potatoes, peppers and adding a tomato sauce. The tumbet can be eaten alone or as an accompaniment to a meat or fish dish, or even with two fried eggs.

Ensaimadas

The ensaimada de Mallorca or Mallorcan ensaimada is an artisan product derived from the great baking and pastry tradition of the island. So much so, that it has great international recognition. It is common to see travelers carrying these small delicacies as souvenirs at the island’s airport.

In terms of fillings, typical ensaimadas come in a variety of flavors. There are, however, two that reference the Protected Geographical Indication: with cream or chocolate.

The Ensaimada de Mallorca with the sweet pumpkin filling, on the one hand, and the Ensaimada de Mallorca with no filling, on the other. Powdered sugar is generally sprinkled on both.

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