Jamón ibérico (Iberian ham) is made in both Spain and Portugal. It’s highly coveted and carries a sky-high price tag (upwards of $225 a pound), but adventurous foodies can take heart: You only need a few paper-thin slices to sate your palate and a single ham can last up to six weeks when it’s properly stored.
Saganaki is melted cheese, plain and simple. Many regional cheeses, including halloumi and graviera can be used for this dish. The cheese is melted in a small frying pan and once crispy, it’s topped with a squeeze of fresh lemon and served with bread. In America, saganaki is often flambéed and the flames are extinguished with the lemon juice.
Arancini are savory rice balls that surround meat ragu, cheese and peas. The rice balls are breaded and deep-fried and are a meal in themselves.
Potato pancakes (known as raggmunk) are a national favorite and are served with lingonberry jam or fried pork belly. Sweet or savory is up to you!