Two tapas in Valladolid

A couple of weeks ago we had to be in Valladolid for some family business. We took the chance to quickly explore the local tapas scene.

We had been to Valladolid, briefly, before. This time, in the scorching heat of mid-August, we skipped cultural visits and headed straight to the nearest tapas bar.

swimming in the Pisuerga river, Valladolid
These guys headed straight into the Pisuerga river! Apparently, it is safe for swimming, and Valladolid even has a river beach in the city!

We had a few recommendations, so we checked them out. We ruled out modern tapas: when we first get to know a place we like to start at the beginning: tradition wins!

Then we strolled around the narrow alleys near Plaza Mayor, that’s where most of the places our friends recommended were.
Our first stop was at El Corcho, a traditional-looking place. we could see that most people were having croquetas (thick white sauce croquettes) so we had one of those, and a tosta de morcilla de Cigales (Cigales black pudding on toast). Smooth and just warm and tasty croqueta, well fried (and baked maybe?), at 1€ was a delicious bite.

Croqueta de jamón - ham croquette. At El Corcho, Valladolid
Croqueta de jamón – ham croquette. At El Corcho, Valladolid
Tosta de morcilla de Cigales - black pudding on toast. At El Corcho, Valladolid
Tosta de morcilla de Cigales – black pudding on toast. At El Corcho, Valladolid

One thing we knew we wanted was either pig trotters (manitas de cerdo) or pork cracklings (torreznos). Tough food for the August heat but, hey, we are professionals aren’t we?

The torreznos place was closer so that’s what we had at Bar Alarcón. The portion in the picture was 4,50€ and they were the best money we spent that day. The pork belly is fried whole and then cut up. This means that in one bite you get the crispy fried skin and the warm melt-in-your-mouth fat. Delicious!

Torreznos - pork cracklings. At Bar Alarcón, Valladolid
Torreznos – pork cracklings. At Bar Alarcón, Valladolid

Sadly we couldn’t stay longer, but we’ve definitely had our appetite whet for more!

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