Due to the fact that Andorra is situated between France and Spain, Andorran cuisine is mainly Catalan and it also combines with French and Italian cuisine but in a small proportion. Pasta, meat, fish and vegetables are the main ingredients for every meal. In the northern region of Andorra the French and Italian cuisine is prevailing and its main characteristics are the daily use of pasta, cheese, bread and fish; while in the southern region Catalan cuisine influences were adapted.
Andorran cuisine uses elements from various cooking traditions borrowed from their neighbors and developed from their own traditional dishes. While there are no specific or unique preparation methods for Andorran cooking, attention to detail is important. Using the right amount of spices for example is essential – either for garnishing or for coloring the dish. The vast range of vegetables and cereals found in Andorra is also noticed in the delicious dishes belonging to cuisine in Andorra. The presentation of the dish is also important. Each traditional dish has a special cooking method, which is more or less same in all of Andorra’s regions. Meat is one of the main ingredients of most of the dishes in Andorra and smoked hams are often parts of delicious dishes.
Local dishes include the following dishes: trinxat made of bacon, cabbage and potatoes; cunillo which is rabbit stewed in tomato sauce; xai which is actually roasted Lamb; coques are flavored flat cakes and truites de carreroles which is actually an omelet made with mushrooms. Andorran local dishes also include sausages, cheese, and a large variety of pork and ham dishes and a vast variety of vegetables.
Andorran people celebrate a large number of festivals and national holidays, which involve culinary traditions. For the national holidays people from Andorra feast on traditional food such as escudella which is a stew of chicken, sausage and meatballs and xai which is actually roasted lamb. On these special days people of Andorra share traditional food along with traditional drinks at family dinners and feasts.