A cultural mash up of Sicilian, British, Spanish and even French cuisine, the food in Malta will have you pining for more. Rich rabbit stews are served beside mellow goat’s cheese, irresistible soft sourdough bread and honeyed desserts, in a fusion of Mediterranean influences. Take your pick from our list of only the most heavenly Maltese dishes every visitor simply must try.
A traditional rabbit stew, stuffat tal-fenek is considered the national dish of Malta. This lovingly prepared dish is slow cooked to ensure the meat falls off the bone and blends with a rich tomato, red wine and garlic sauce.
Not just a popular Pixar movie, the Maltese version of ratatouille – kapunata – is a popular summer dish made from fresh tomatoes, capers, aubergines and green peppers.
When the winter comes around, the Maltese start to serve up golden bowls of steaming minestra, a thick, vegetable soup traditionally eaten with Maltese bread and oil.
Possibly the most popular Maltese snack, pastizzi is a savoury pastry filled with ricotta or mushy peas. You can find these moreish treats across the island, so don’t leave without tasting one!
It should be a crime to visit Malta and not try the local sourdough bread. With a crusty exterior and an irresistibly soft inside, you’ll never feel the same way about bread again.
Timpana is a baked macaroni pie, and it’s every bit as delicious as it sounds. Made with a variety of meats, vegetables, cheese, bolognaise sauce and short crust pastry, the dish is baked until it’s perfectly golden brown.
A Christmastime treat, qagħaq tal-għasel is literally translated as honey rings, but they are actually molasses-stuffed pastries. Made with star anise, cloves, all spice and blackstrap molasses every bite tastes like Christmas.
Originating from Sicily – Malta’s closest neighbour – this colourful cake is made from marzipan, almond paste and sweet ricotta.
Growing abundantly all over Malta, the prickly pear looks a cross between a cactus and a melon, and has flavours reminiscent of strawberries, watermelon and figs.
The local cheese, made from goat’s milk, is a must for any cheese connoisseur out there and has the texture and milky flavour of mozzarella. You can try ġbejniet in many forms, from salt cured and sundried to crushed black pepper.
Surrounded on all sides by the sea, the people of Malta make good use of the abundance of fish available. Lampuki is a common fish caught around the island that is cooked in a delicious fish pie, containing potatoes, spinach, capers mint and olive oil.
This popular snack offers visitors a true taste of Malta in a single bite. Crusty Maltese bread is rubbed with juicy tomatoes and then layered with cheese, tuna, onion and generous lashings of olive oil.
Zalzett Tal Malti
One for all the meat lovers out there, zalzett are salty, garlicky sausages with a distinctive coriander flavour. These sausages are hard to get hold of elsewhere, so enjoy your fill on your visit to Malta.
Another Italian inspired sweet dish, kannoli is better known as cannoli. These little pastry tubes are filled with a sweet ricotta that’s just heavenly.
A popular choice for kids at Easter, these almond stuffed cookies are traditionally given as gifts. The colourfully decorated biscuits are also a great gift choice to bring back home.
If you have suddenly developed an insatiable appetite for Maltese food, there’s still time to book a last minute break to Malta!
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