What to eat in Andorra

To finish off Andorra week, as usual i’ve researched exactly what you would eat if you were either Andorran/living or holidaying in Andorra. I’m sorry Andorra week has been pretty short but it’s really hard to find info on the web about this very tiny micro-state! I need to go there and report back to you! It’s not very far, so when I do go, I’ll update this page. For now, here’s what I’ve found –

Where is Andorra exactly?

  • Andorra is actually known as ‘the principality of Andorra’ and yes, it is a country!
  • You’ll find it in the Eastern Pyrenees between France and Spain
  • It’s known as a micro-state because of its size
  • The reason for being called a ‘principality’ is due to the fact that its headed by two princes who share the role of being a prince: the Catholic bishop of Urgell in Spain and the President of France (the world’s only co-principality)
  • It’s the sixth-smallest nation in Europe
  • Its capital is Andorra La Vella (the highest capital city in Europe at 1,023m)
  • The language is Catalan (French, Spanish and Portuguese is also spoken)
  • The main religion is Catholicism (although not official)

What is the national dish?

The national dish of Andorra is escudella, a stew which contains a lot of different meats such as sausages, chicken, veal, pig snout and ears and trotters. It’s cooked in a broth of stock with pasta, vegetables and pulses. Potatoes might also be added. I believe every family has their own variation. You can probably see why I didn’t choose to cook this dish!

Andorran cuisine has influences from – 

  • Spain
  • France
  • The location (fresh water lakes, vast amounts of land to raise animals and produce)

What would I eat for breakfast?

There wasn’t a lot of information available on breakfasts in Andorra but here’s what I’m guessing from its location and influences –

  • Coffee with milk
  • Croissants
  • Toast with butter and jam



What would I eat for lunch?

  • I would say, like most Mediterranean countries, the lunch would be very similar to dinner
  • Hot dishes (see below)
  • Sandwiches with mountain cheese

Battered Bubble and Squeak
My take on the Catalan dish, Trinxat – battered bubble & squeak balls

What would I eat for dinner?

  • The national dish, escudella, served with crusty bread
  • Trinxat, a Catalan version of bubble and Squeak (see my take in the image above)
  • Snails in olive oil salt and garlic mayo, or a paprika vinagrette
  • Fresh water trout wrapped in ham
  • Lots of cured meats
  • Rabbit cooked in tomato sauce with onions and wine
  • Andorran version of cannelloni (lamb, chicken and pork mince)
  • Chicory salad with bacon and nuts
  • Toasted bread rubbed with garlic, olive oil and salt and tomato paste
  • Lots of traditional mountain cheeses
  • Steak tartare

What would I eat after dinner? 

  • Crema Andorrana – an Andorran version of creme brulee
  • Torrijas – bread soaked in milk or wine with honey and spiced, and then dipped in egg and fried (traditional for Easter)
  • Coca Massegada – flat bread filled with custard and topped with candied fruit and almonds

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What to eat in Andorra

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References

The Culture Trip

Eat Your World

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