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Eating Christmas in Málaga: essential for enjoying the local gastronomy



Eating Christmas in Málaga: essential for enjoying the local gastronomy

These are some of the flavours that welcome Christmas to the table of any Málaga home

The white sugar of a roscón de vino sprinkling your hands, a freshly made ‘borrachuelo’ or a delicious cup of hot chocolate.

Dishes and products with a Málaga accent

Roast suckling goat, monkfish soup with almonds or a selection of local sausages such as Málaga sausage are authentic classics of this time of year. Restaurants and bars host an endless number of celebrations and special moments between work colleagues, childhood friends or couples in love. And always surrounded by dishes and elaborations where the local produce and local elaborations rule.

On special days such as Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve, these also opt to recover typical dishes of Málaga cuisine by preparing special menus for the occasion. Sirloin steak with muscatel sultanas and sweet wine, picadillo soup or ‘lomo en manteca’ (pork loin in lard,) a must in the Montes de Málaga sales throughout the year, are not usually missing from the gastronomic proposals of the hotel and catering trade or any Málaga home. All in their most traditional version or with a twist of culinary innovation.

As it could not be otherwise, seafood flavours are the stars of Christmas lunches and dinners. Seafood soup or prawns from Málaga as starters acquire the category of luxury for the palate. Another of the most popular dishes is the squid stuffed with minced meat and seafood and bathed in a tasty almond sauce.

At the end of the Christmas menu, a varied cheese platter is essential, including everything from delicious goat's cheese to other varieties made with paprika, thyme or Pedro Ximénez. An ideal plan is completed with the uncorking of a bottle of wine with DO Málaga.

Traditional confectionery: the sweetest Málaga

The most traditional confectionery accompanies the classic nougat and marzipan in a perfect menu for those with a sweet tooth. If there is something not to be missed at this time of year, it is the sweets that multiply in the bakeries and bear the seal of identity made in Málaga.

Borrachuelos are a classic in bakeries all over the city. Coated in sugar or honey, dry or filled with sweet potato or angel hair, the choice is yours. The ‘roscón de vino,’ a doughnut pastry made with sweet Moscatel wine, is also ideal for a family snack or simply to enjoy with a glass of aniseed.

Local markets, such as the Mercado de Atarazanas, are some of the places where you can buy these delicacies and take home a souvenir. Throughout the historic centre and in the different neighbourhoods of Málaga it is also possible to find numerous artisan patisseries and ice-cream parlours, which at this time of year make delicious traditional Christmas products for the occasion.