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Gastronomy in Catalonia: Botifarra

Written by Samuel

When you visit a new region or country, it’s important that you immerse yourself in the local culture. This includes sampling the local cuisine, no matter how weird or wacky it may be. Luckily, Barcelona has a plethora of wonderful traditional dishes which you will have no trouble enjoying during your visit. One traditional Catalan dish many will not have heard of is the botifarra – a type of sausage which dates all the way back to the Roman Empire.

Ingredients and variations

The original Roman recipe included only pork and spices and was initially cooked on a grill or barbeque. Whilst the recipe has not massively changed over the years, there are now variants of the dish with different ingredients that can be found around Barcelona:

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    Botifarra d’ou (botifarra with egg) – This variation of the traditional sausage contains egg in the mixture and is traditionally eaten on dijous gras or “Fat Tuesday”.

  • Botifarra d’arròs (botifarra with rice) – This variation is the same as the original except it contains boiled rice mixed in with the meat and spices.
  • Botifarra blanca (white botifarra) – This variation is made with better cuts of meats with less fat and contains no blood at all. It’s healthier but still super tasty!
  • Botifarra Bisbe (bishop or bull botifarra) – This is a variety of botifarra much alike the British delicacy black pudding. The sausage is mixed with thick blood and different sections of tripe – this sausage is full flavoured and the taste may take you by surprise if you haven’t tried anything similar!
  • Botifarra catalana – This is the simplest variety of botifarra, and a local favourite. It comes as a large sausage cooked in a similar way to ham and often contains truffles. 

Where can you find it?

Botifarra is one of the most common ingredients in Catalan cuisine and you can find it in almost every butchers, supermarket or grocery store in the city. Furthermore, you will often see botifarra on the menu when you eat out, particularly if you choose to visit traditional Catalan restaurants. Whilst the sausage can be found in many restaurants there are certain places that specialise in the botifarra.

Butikfarra

Where? Carrer de París, 209 (Provença or Diagonal)

Located in the Eixample district, this elegant and stylish restaurant specialises in serving botifarra, also offering a couple of different salads and various tapas dishes. They also do various vegetarian botifarras. Be sure to look out for their huge selection of craft beers.

Butifarring

Where? Calle del Call 26 (Metro: Jaume or Liceu)

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Located in the heart of the Gothic quarter, this casual restaurant specialises in botifarra hot-dogs. There is a huge selection of sides and extras as you have to construct your own hot-dog. Cheaper than Butikfarra, it still serves great food but in a more informal environment, making it a great place to go if you want a casual meal with a group of friends 

Of course, these are just two of many places serving great botifarra; there are many more great places to taste the local delicacy all over the city. All that is left is for you to venture into Barcelona and seek out this tasty dish.

Gastronomy in Catalonia: Botifarra
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Samuel

Samuel Purnell is a journalism student living in Barcelona.

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