Ensaladilla Rusa & Croquetas de Atun
(Russian salad & tuna croquettes)
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Eating out while living or holidaying in Tenerife is a pleasure, especially when one is familiar with the local cuisine, and knows what to look for.
Here are some well-known dishes which I've tasted and learned to love. Photos were taken in the restaurants where the food was served:
The famous wrinkled salty potatoes are served with two mojo sauces:
Here a local fish is served with potatoes and green cilantro mojo
Morcilla (Canary blood sausage with honey and almonds)
The well loved Canary mixed salad has everything in it:
Sopa de Pollo (chicken noodle soup) is a favourite here in most Canary restaurants, and usually comes with a green mint leaf floating in it.
Rabbit or goat is often stewed in Salmorejo sauce :
Tuna or chicken croquettes served with garlic ali oli sauce and a red piquant mojo
Another ensaladilla, made with potatoes, tuna, vegetables and mayonnaise:
Chocos (squid) Pimientos de Padrón, fried mini peppers from the north of Spain encrusted with sea salt
Puchero Canario - a stew of several meats and chicken with vegetables. A meal in a dish.
Gofio...the staple food of the Canary people made from toasted corn and grains and mixed with broth, milk or water.
Chicken from the grill in garlic sauce
The local wines are much appreciated, winning international prizes
A serving of mixed salad
Frangollo is a typical Canary dessert made from corn flour
Chocolate mousse, puddings and flans are seen in most Canary restaurants
Here a flan with caramel swirls
And to finish off a meal, it's customary to have a cafe cortado leche leche. An espresso coffee with a bit of milk foamed on top and a dollop of sweetened condensed milk in the bottom of the cup! When it has a dash of Licor 43 or Tia Maria and cinnamon, along with a twist of lemon, it's called a barraquito.