salmorejo en córdoba

What is Salmorejo?

Córdoba-style salmorejo is one of the most emblematic dishes of Spanish cuisine, particularly from the province of Córdoba, in Andalusia. This delicious cold cream has won the hearts of the most demanding palates thanks to its texture, its vibrant flavor, and its refreshing presence on the hot days of the Cordovan summer.

It is characterized by its thick consistency and its reddish or orangish color, especially coming from the tomato, its main ingredient. Although it is often compared to gazpacho, there are several aspects that differentiate them: texture, garnish, or flavor.

Ingredients and preparation method

The basic ingredients of salmorejo are simple and easily accessible in any kitchen and for any budget. To prepare this delicacy, we will need:

  • Ripe tomatoes: the main base of this wonderful dish, providing its characteristic flavor and color.
  • White bread, if it’s “telera” bread, even better: to add consistency and thickness.
  • Extra virgin olive oil: an ingredient that helps achieve the creamy texture of salmorejo.
  • Vinegar
  • Garlic: to give a spicy and aromatic touch, although you must be very careful.
  • Salt

Start by peeling and cutting the tomatoes into large pieces and place them in the blender or food processor. Add the chopped bread, peeled garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and a pinch of salt. Then, beat all the ingredients to a smooth and creamy mixture. If you prefer a smoother texture, you can strain the salmorejo through a fine sieve before refrigerating it.

Serve it chilled and add the garnish of your choice!

Suggestions for serving

Salmorejo is a versatile delight that can be enjoyed in many ways. It is commonly served as a first course in Spanish cuisine, but it can also be enjoyed as a side dish or even as a dipping sauce. Some suggestions for serving salmorejo include:

  • Chopped Iberian or Serrano ham, or as they say in Cordoba, “pizcos de jamón.”
  • Grated hard-boiled eggs
  • Cubes of cooked ham
  • Pieces of hard-boiled egg
  • Croutons (fried bread cubes)

In Cordoba, it is also used as an accompaniment to other main dishes, such as omelets or even fried eggplants.

Where to try a good Salmorejo in Córdoba

If you are visiting Cordoba, you cannot miss the opportunity to try an authentic Cordovan salmorejo in one of the city’s traditional restaurants, which you will find just a few minutes’ walk from VITIUM CÓRDOBA. Among the most recommended places to taste this culinary delight are:

  • Taberna Salinas: Located in the heart of Cordoba’s old town, this tavern offers an authentic experience with its homemade salmorejo and other typical regional dishes.
  • Bodegas Campos: This emblematic establishment is famous for its salmorejo and its traditional atmosphere. Here you can enjoy a memorable meal in a historic setting.
  • Casa Pepe de la Judería: Located in the Judería neighborhood, this tavern offers a wide variety of typical Andalusian dishes, including exquisite Cordovan salmorejo.

All-in-all, Cordovan salmorejo is much more than just a cold cream; it is a gastronomic experience that will delight all the senses. With its unique combination of fresh flavors and its creamy texture, this dish has become a true treasure of Spanish cuisine. If you have the opportunity to visit Cordoba, do not hesitate to immerse yourself in its culinary culture and enjoy a good plate of salmorejo in one of its charming traditional restaurants.

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