Welcome to the second in a series where I ask readers and friends What Did You Eat Last Night? I started asking this question to folks on Facebook, and loved seeing what people share – different dishes from around the world, both home cooked and evenings out. Everyone seems to be having their own Adventure in Food!
So, I asked Madrid based blogger Ryan Zieman of Urban Serenity: What Did You Eat Last Night? Here is what Ryan shared:
What Did You Eat Last Night?
Last night my friend and I went to La Taberna de Moncloa, one of my favorite neighborhood spots, where they serve up the best croquetas in Madrid. Although I enjoy Spanish food, I have never been a huge fan of the croqueta. This was, of course, until I was introduced to these homemade croquetas that are perfectly golden brown and crispy on the outside while decadently creamy on the inside.
On the menu you’ll find them under “Nuestras Raciones” as the croquetas caseras de jamón serrano y queso (homemade cured ham and cheese croquettes). In addition to the croquetas, I highly recommend the ensalada de aguacate con salsa de cebollino (avocado salad with a chive sauce).
Both dishes are served with pan tumaca, which consists of two large slices of toasted rustic bread that is covered in a fresh tomato sauce and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. We each ordered a cerveza to wash it all down and the healthy portions of these two dishes were enough to fill us up for a Saturday night out on the town!
Where Did You Eat These Tasty Croquetas?
What Do You Find Interesting About Croquetas?
Countries around the world from India to Brazil have their own version of the croquette, which is derived from the French word croquer, meaning to crunch. Even in the USA, east coast crab cakes have a similar likeness. In Spain, croquetas are a very popular tapa, or appetizer, that can be found at any Spanish café or restaurant. Typically they are made of béchamel and filled with either cured ham or fish.
Thanks Ryan for playing along!
Ryan is a Chicago native and aspiring Madrileño who loves the hustle and bustle of big city living. After graduating university with a degree in business and Spanish, he moved 4,000+ miles to Madrid, Spain. In the urban jungle, Ryan seeks out peace and relaxation, discovering serenity in everything from a delicious meal to weekend escapes. When Ryan isn’t travel blogging for Urban Serenity, he is teaching business English at top multinational firms.