Food in Malta is delicious. Some would say divine. Recently I joined a typical Maltese family for a Sunday Feast.
Food in Malta is delicious, some would say divine. I can honestly say I haven’t had any bad meal during my time in Malta, except for the odd disaster in my kitchen, which was completely my fault! Recently I joined a typical Maltese family for a Sunday feast. Sunday lunches are very important within Maltese culture as Sunday is the day when many members of the family get together and enjoy a meal made up of various courses. I was told we would be eating a variety of courses ranging from anti-pasti to pasta with rabbit and beef.
The first course was a platter of locally produced tomatoes topped with fresh mozzarella, black olives, capers, basil, extra virgin olive oil and crushed black pepper. The Maltese really enjoy using a variety of delectable Mediterranean ingredients and combining them with the traditional local bread known as ‘Ftira’. What a way to start a meal! While thoroughly enjoying each mouthful, I had to keep in mind that this was just the appetizer!
The second dish was a plate of ‘Ravjul’, which is pasta formed into little parcels containing fresh Maltese ricotta, topped with tomato sauce. Fresh Basil and grated Grana Padano on top gave a real Mediterranean touch to the dish. Again, this was exquisite, simple to make and really tasty. Satisfied with this dish,I was left wondering what was coming next.
More pasta…and this time one of my favourites, spaghetti ‘al dente’, covered in an appetizing rabbit sauce. If only you could smell the sauce! I learnt that it is common to eat rabbit in Malta, and I can see why. The sauce was delicious – a mixture of rabbit, red wine, onions, garlic and some spices which were kept a secret from me. This I can safely say is one of my favourite Maltese dishes.
The fourth course was ‘Bragioli’ which are rolls of beef slices filled with bacon, hard boiled eggs and a breadcrumb mixture. They are cooked in a tomato sauce with red wine giving it a delicious taste, infusing some wonderful flavours. This is another traditional Maltese dish and it is commonly served in winter.
At this point I was beginning to feel full, however there is always room for dessert and I was not at all disappointed. The host brought out a dish of ‘Kannoli’ which are baked pastry rolls with fresh ricotta, chocolate flakes and crushed nuts inside. They are very traditional in Malta, but originate from Sicily.
The Maltese are very proud of their local cuisine, delicacies and traditional dishes and I can completely understand why. Great food, divine cooking and fantastic company…what more could you wish for on a Sunday afternoon? So, what is your favourite traditional Maltese meal? Where do you like to go for your Sunday lunch? Share your thoughts and opinions below!
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Kannoli Image: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xa7buNE-Cx4