The gastronomy of Salamanca, city where the oldest university of Spain is located, presents a lot of options: it offers an authentic Castilian cuisine and traditional dishes with Extemaduran influences.
If you want advice about what to eat in Salamanca, the Iberian pork has a vital importance. It is raised in the meadows and feed with acorns, and it’s the source of the desired jamón de Guijuelo (ham) with D.O.P..
Other sausages you could try are the Iberian chorizo, the longaniza salmantina and the farinato, which comes from Ciudad Rodrigo and is elaborated with bread, onion, olive oil and anise and eaten with fried eggs.
A typical meal is the “hornazo salmantino”, an empanada made of chorizo, ham, pork loin or bacon and boiled egg. Its eaten traditionally in the country side the day of Lunes de Aguas, but it is also very practical for getaways. You can buy it in bakeries and pastries shops during the entire year.
Regarding meats, the typical ones are the vaca morucha, with a redder color due to its natural diet; and the lamb, which is usually grilled or cooked using a recipe known as chanfaina (rice with lamb fetlocks, boiled blood and spices).
The beans of la Alberca are also a great option, which could be cooked along with other legumes and sausage pieces, as well as the Lentejas de la Armuña (lentils), a product with I.G.P..
It is also a good idea to try the famous trout of the Tormes river, frequently cooked in marinade sauce. Regarding the cheese, the most known is the cheese of Hinojosa de Duero.
Samalanca is a land of great wine. Try the Arribes, Sierra de Salamanca and Tierra del Vino de Zamora ones (all of them have Denomination of Origin).
And to finish, try the artisan sweets of Salamanca, such as the turrón de la Alberca and the bollo maimón (a type of cake).