The food choice in Mallorca is wide with all types of cuisine available from one restaurant to the other. Along with the enchanting island full of breathtaking beaches around the coast are excellent beach restaurants that offer high quality cuisine cooked by chefs who originate from all over the world. On the other hand, right in the heart of the island, lingering culinary collection are still available and highly in demand. Due to the number of conquerors who have ruled Mallorca over the years, and the different cultures which have been established by them, it is interesting to see the legacy and influences of the different cultures mixed in the culinary collection that exists on the island today. Two of the most famous cuisines in the island are the following:
Ensaimada is a sweet, spiral-shaped pastry made with flour, eggs, milk, sugar, yeast and pork lard (or saim where the name ensaimada comes from). The traditional ensaimada is made in plain dough, with no filling. Over the past few years a variety of fillings were included, some of the most popular fillings are the cabello de ángel (pumpkin jam) and custard cream. Today this pastry can be eaten in almost all bakeries, bars and cafés in the Balearic Islands especially in Mallorca. In the island, this pastry had been part of all celebrations and become a delicacy for breakfast that is perfect with a cup of coffee.
Sobrassada is Mallorca’s traditional and most famous sausage made from ground pork, salt, paprika and other spices. The sausage is cured in skins and matured slowly and carefully using methods which have been passed down from generation to generation. It is prepared in the lengthy but festive rites that still mark the autumn and winter pig slaughter in Mallorca. And since the climate of the island during autumn have high humidity and mild cold, air-drying of sausage is the best during this season. Sobrassada can be eaten raw, spread on toast and sprinkled with honey or mixed in pasta sauces and risottos.