Ibiza is best known for its incredible beaches, perfect climate, and of course dance music and everything that is associated with the scene. However, Ibiza has an ancient history and this little Mediterranean island has had many people that have visited and left their mark. One way this can be found is in Ibiza’s traditional food, which is a far cry from what you will be served in the laid-back cafes and clubs most people graduate to. Here are some of the very best dishes you should try when visiting Ibiza.
To sample this traditional dish, you will have to find a restaurant that specializes in Ibizan cuisine, and you must also be incredibly hungry. Normally hearty stews are reserved for cooler climates but this dish is really worth trying. It can be made from a variety of meats and vegetables but must contain Ibizan traditional sausages such as botifarra and sobrassada. The vegetables are normally what are in season but expect artichokes, peppers and potatoes. Normally reserved for special family occasions, Sofrit Pages is a real treat.
Botifarra and Sobrassada
How a place makes its sausages can help to define what the cuisine is all about. If the sausages are simply put together with pieces of left over animals then no care or attention has been paid to the dish. In Ibiza, they prepare their sausages with love and attention and they are a treat to eat. Ground pork is mixed with paprika and other spices to make Sobrassada, which is often eaten as an appetizer. Botifarra is made from an ancient recipe and is a sort of blood sausage which is loose in texture and often spread on crusty white bread to eat.
Arros de Matanca
This is one of the most authentic tastes of Ibiza, and to sample Arros de Matanca you will probably have to go up to the hills and find a little traditional farmhouse restaurant. It is Ibiza’s specialty rice dish and every family will cook it differently. The key to this dish is its powerful reduced broth, and local meats and mushrooms are slowly cooked in this delicious brew. Saffron in another important element which of course imparts a striking red color but also adds an earthy flavor to the completed dish. The meat element can change, and even chicken, sobrassada, squid, and fish can be the base element.
Parrillada de Pesco
Parrillada de Pesco is a traditional Ibizan dish that can be found almost everywhere on the island. The best places to eat this dish are the restaurants near the beach. Whatever the local fishermen catch that day will constitute the ingredients of the dish as it is basically a mixed seafood platter that has been grilled. Most commonly found are local fish such as bacalao, mero, and rodaballo. Depending on the catch there may also be lobster, octopus, squid, and prawns. Eating the traditional food of a place is to really experience the people and culture, so the next time you visit this magical island try the local dishes, you may be surprised just how good they really are.