Cuisine of Valladolid

The gastronomy of the province of Valladolid comprises the meals, their preparation, and the culinary habits of the province of Valladolid. It is based on barbecued and roast food, especially roasted Spanish cuisine. Wines of high quality highlight the meals.

Lechazo asado (roast lamb), shown above, is a typical dish from the province. On left a dish of lechazo and on the right a dish of pincho de lechazo.
Red and white sausages from Zaratán.
Bread donuts. The bread made in the province has a tradition that goes back to the 9th century.
Mantecado of Portillo.
Pastas from Valladolid.
Queso pata de mulo [es] (Cheese mule leg).
A wine Blancos de Rueda ("white wheel") made from the Verdejo grape.
A tapa. The national competition of tapas of Valladolid.[1]



A large amount and variety of cereals (wheat, maize, barley, rye) are grown locally and form the basis of high-quality breads.[2] The animal husbandry of the province is also capable of producing some outstanding cheese, such as queso de Villalón [es] (cheese of Villalon) (similar to queso de Burgos [es]).


Between the cookeds[clarification needed] is the cooked Spanish (with "ball" to which is added for flavoring spearmint), sopa de chícharos (or guisantes) (pea soup) which is prepared with peas (in Spanish, pea is guisante or chícharo). The coliflor al ajoarriero (cauliflower in garlic). Between the legumes are dishes such as alubias con patuño de cerdo (beans with pork leg). Within the cereals are the pans and its derivatives as the sopa de ajo garlic soup, the sopa de bestia cansada (soup of beast tired) of Medina del Campo to be offered to the mules of the muleteers. It is an area of ajoarrieros (which means muledriversgarlic[clarification needed]), for example ajo de Vallelado (garlic of Vallelado).[clarification needed]


Meats and sausages in the region are famous for their unique flavor. The province belongs to the area of Spanish-style barbecued roasts.

Dishes include lechazo asado (roast veal or lamb), cochinillo asado (roast suckling pig), cordero asado (roast lamb), morcilla (blood sausage or black pudding), asados al Sarmiento (roasted meat with wine), a typical dish in Santibáñez de Valcorba and environs, chuletones de buey (a large ox steak) with ajillo (garlic), typical in Peñafiel). The embutido (sausage) called chitas (cheetahs) is well known, prepared with the meat of suckling pig in adobo.

Other pork-based sausages are morcilla de Valladolid (black pudding from Valladolid spiced with a special kind of onion), and salchichas (sausages) from Zaratán. Chorizo is also used in dishes such as tortilla de chorizo (chorizo omelette). For beef produces a tojunto [es] (no translates)[clarification needed], like "tojunto of Castile" (influence of gastronomy of Aragon).

Of the smaller game, there are preparations such as the conejo a la cazadora (rabbit to the hunter).


Among the fish, like other Castilian provinces there are trout dishes, an example being the truchas con jamón (trout with ham).

Confectionery, dessertsEdit

The pastries of the province include specialities such as bolla de chicharrones (pork rind cake), rosquillas de palo (stick donuts), mariquitas (ladybirds), roscados (donuts), mantecados de Portillo, roscos de yema (yolk roscos), rosquillas de trancalapuerta (donuts of trancalapuerta), bizcochos de Santa Clara of Tordesillas (Santa Clara cakes), hojuelas (flakes), bizcochos de cura (cakes of cure).

Other generic dishes popular in the province include arroz con leche (rice pudding).

Special dishesEdit

It is common during Holy Week to consume special food that is part of the Gastronomy of Holy Week (mainly desserts).

On September 8 in Valladolid during the celebration of the Virgen de San Lorenzo [es], sweets, pastas, pastries and other desserts are usually served, one highlight being the tarta de San Lorenzo (pie of Saint Laurence).

On dates near Halloween and All Saints' Day (October 31 and November 1, respectively) it is very typical to consume products known as Hueso de santo [es] (saint's bones) and buñuelos (similar to fritters).

At Christmas, the Gastronomy of Christmas is abundant and diverse, with many sweet dishes, such as turrón, the polvorones of Tordesillas being the most famous, Date palm, marzipan, and Dragées[clarification needed].

It is also usual eat typical dishes of dates[clarification needed], such as suckling pig, chicken, turkey, capon, lamb and mutton, and bream and prawns (in addition to other seafood).

On 31 December (new year) it is a tradition to eat Twelve Grapes to the rhythm of the first twelve bells of the new year.

In the early morning of 1 January "chocolate with churros" is often eaten, either at home with families or in a chocolatier, coffeehouse, or bar. On 6 January (Day of the Three Kings) it is usual to eat the traditional roscón de reyes (king cake).


Wines from the province of Valladolid are among the best in the world due to their outstanding taste and quality. Many of the most famous come from the Vega Sicilia winery.[3][4][5] The province has five wines with a denomination of origin. Wines with a Rueda Denomination of Origin were court wines at the time of the Catholic Monarchs. They are produced from a range of verdejo grapes, and to a lesser measure from Sauvignon blanc cultivars. Under this appellation there are white, sparkling, red, pink and liquor wines. For their part, the wines of Ribera del Duero are elaborated with the ink on the country and you can taste red wines young, reserve wine and old vine. Wines of the Toro Designation of Origin are mainly white, rosé and red; the wines of Tierra de León Denomination of Origin are white, rosé and red and finally, there are the rosé wines of the Cigales denomination of Origin[6]

Summary list of typical productsEdit

Polvorón from Tordesillas
Arroz con leche (rice pudding)
Cheese of Boffard

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Valladolid solicitará a la Unesco que declare la tapa como Patrimonio de España
  2. ^ These include bread with such colorful names as the Fabiola, the Lechuguino, the bread of four quarrymen, the bread of pulley, the far of flame, the rustic bar, and the bread of tables. Valladolid is the first region in Spain to have been given the right to use a unique designation for "bread of Valladolid"
  3. ^ J. Gordon (ed) Opus Vino pg 215, DK Publishing New York 2010, ISBN 978-0-7566-6751-1
  4. ^ H. Johnson Vintage: The Story of Wine pg 429-432 Simon and Schuster 1989 ISBN 0-671-68702-6
  5. ^ A. Bespaloff Complete Guide to Wine pg 174-175 Penguin Books 1994 ISBN 0-451-18169-7
  6. ^ Gastronomía de Valladolid: vino, queso, pan... y alguna sorpresa

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