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Calçots!

There is something unique to Catalonia, something

 

delicious.  It is the calçot and the tradition of a calçot

lunch to go with it!

A calçot (left) is member of the onion family, and resembles a cross between a green onion and a leek.  It’s a uniquely Catalan beast, and are
mild and sweet.

Every Spring, the Catalan celebrate with the tradition of the calçotada  – much like the American tradition of the summer BBQ, where c
alçots are grilled over an open flame (in our case over vine cuttings, yum!).  The

result is a charbroiled onion, but a sweet delicious delicacy underneath.

How does one eat a calçot?  Once they are grilled, you strip them of course!  After barbecuing,
It’s a delicate operation, as you grip the bottom of the calçot, and tug gently so the skin pulls off in one long piece.  Then, as Toni is demonstrating, you eat the calçotada in several bites – but in one fell swoop.  Delicious! a romesco sauce is served, and you strip off the charbroiled layer in a magical feat of action.

 

They can get a little messy however, so as
Toni shows us, it helps to have a bib.  Or a cape.  After a full plate of calçot, and several glasses of cava, Toni became…Super Calcot!  The Catalon superhero!

Calçots are particularly delicious with brut cava, as the crisp acidity matches perfectly with the sweet greens and the tangy romesco  sauce.

Now, go out and make some calçots today!  when you can’t find the real thing, baby leeks, baby green onions or red onions can be substituted.  Broil or grill them until tender.  Enjoy with a glass of cava!

 

4 Comments

  1. Wine Harlots says:

    Love this!
    I haven't been to Catalonia, hope I can go soon.

    All the best,

    Nannette Eaton

    1. winebratsf says:

      Harlot –
      I'm kicking myself for not staying another week, but it was a great trip. I would love to go to Navarra and Rioja as well! Definitely add Barcelona and the area to you bucket list. The food, the landscape, the wine. So amazing!

  2. You met Tony! He is such a great guy. I'm sure you enjoyed all of the great Cava too :)

  3. winebratsf says:

    I adore Toni Pamela! We had SUCH a good time! And yes, the cava was fantastic. And such great pairings! Yum!

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