If you have gone through my blog before you will know that I have been to the Balearic Islands a few times before. What you may not know is that Menorca, the second biggest island of the archipelago was my first destination ever. Ok, yes, I was one year and a half. But it counts. Anyway, today I am telling you about two amazing gastronomic pleasures that are typical from Menorca: the Sobrasada and cheese from Mahón.
Read about my sailboat trip to Menorca here — A Sailboat trip, not for everyone
Where is Mahón
Well, Mallorca is the biggest Balearic Island. And Menorca is the second. Now, the capital of Menorca is actually Mahón (or Mahó in Catalan-Balearic). This small city is beautiful, cute and the center seems to come straight from the 15th century. Its is so nice that it deserves a post itself. The island itself is not too big, but a big chunk of the population lives on the city.
Now to the important: What is the Sobrasada?
Ok, let me introduce you to a spread from heaven. This beautiful meal is basically made like a chorizo. It is mostly meat and fat with garlic and plenty of spices and pepper that is matured over months and some times smoked. I am sure that you know about it, but we have plenty of varieties of pork in Spain. There is one specific type that makes the best sobrasada: the black pork. This breed is only raised in the islands and their taste is beyond fantastic. The texture of the sobrasadas can variate from pretty solid to very easy to spread, in general, they are always eaten along with bread. You can even toast the bread with the sobrasada on top and let it slowly melt. It is simply amazing.
Even though the Sobrasada is typical from Mallorca, it can also be found almost anywhere in the Balearic islands. Believe me, if you ever go there you MUST try it.
Now about the cheese
After leaving outside of Spain for a few years I have come to accept that our concept of cheese differs a lot from the one in the rest of the world. Our cheese are almost always dry, salty and strong. At least the good ones. And that is quite a difference in comparison what the standard of great french cheese for example.
The first curious thing about this amazing cheese is that it is usually a square. Even though most of our dry cheeses are round, no, this one is square. They are a few different types of this Mahon Cheese, all of them the same but with different times of maturation. My favorites are the oldest ones, usually the ones with more flavor. This is a cheese prepared with fresh cow milk that has a delicious buttery and salty flavor. And the outside is normally orange, ranging from clear to dark color, depending on how ripe the cheese is.
Other typical products from the Balearic Islands
To be honest, these two products will not be the first thing that someone would say are the most typical from the Balearic Islands. That may be true, but let me tell you, they are the best ones!
The most typical product from these islands, specifically from Mallorca are the Ensaimadas. These things are basically a sweet dought prepared with plenty of pork fat that is prepared in the shape of a spiral. And then it is covered in confectioners sugar. It is extremely sweet and often great, but because it is so popular, extremely cheap and bad versions have proliferated enough that now it’s very hard to find a good ensaimada anywhere.
Have you been to the Balearic Islands? And have you tried these things? If yes, tell me about it in the comment section, and if not, what are you waiting for?
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