Friday, February 24, 2012

Calçots!

Now, this is a Catalan tradition I am looking forward to experiencing myself !Every year, from end of October to beginning of April you can go for Calçotadas. What’s it about? 
Small sweet spring onions/leek’s.

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They are the key figure of this feast famous all over Catalunya, here in North-East Spain. Just that?, I asked. It seemed a bit … poor? But I have been assured it’s not. The calçots, which are some kind of crossing between spring onions and leeks, are grilled. Then you pull off the burnt, outside layer, dip the whole thing in a red delicious sauce, hold it up over your mouth and eat it, just like that. No plates. No cutlery. It’s messy and super tasty. (So I’ve been told.) If it’s done properly, the outer layer will be carbonized, and the core of the leek will be sweet, soft and creamy.

You can eat the calçots just like that with the sauce, accompanied by some delicious wine from the area, but often it’s served with a big parrillada de carne, a mix of different grilled meat.

In the little town Valls, there is a big fiesta dedicated to the calçots, ”Gran Festa de Calçotada” every year in January where all the farmers come out with their calçots to get them evaluated, there are eating competitions, degustation, a local food market, entertainment Catalan style, and this event gathers up to 40000 visitors (population of the town is 25000). Found a video on youtube from last year's Gran
Festa de Calçotada:


In the smaller towns around Catalunya you will find plenty of places, masias mostly, that offer calçotadas, not so much in Barcelona. But I have seen a few restaurants here that offer menus with calçots. 

Although I missed the  Gran Festa de Calçotada in Valls, I have a Calçotada planned for this weekend and I am looking forward to it! 


Have a lovely weekend everyone!

9 comments:

  1. I missed it last year, but this we planned before and marked it in the calendar. You can check my post http://nunoagabarcelona.blogspot.com/2012/02/czas-na-calcotade-its-calcotada-time.html
    It was great!
    And the first time one eats calcots is so much fun! saludos

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    1. Thanks for sharing Agnieszka! I read your post and it looks so much fun! Gran fiesta, indeed! I had a lovely time on my first one yesterday too :)

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  2. Interesting!! I've never heard of grilled spring onions before. Seems like a good idea (I like grilled veggies).

    Enjoy

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    1. It was all new to me too, but so much fun, and so delicious! Post coming up soon :)

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  3. I saw this on an episode of 'No Reservations' with Anthony Bourdain. I've been wanting to check this out for a while. Maybe in the next year!

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    1. How fun that you've heard about Calcotadas! I had never, before now. It was so much fun, and delicous! I recommend it :)

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  4. Would looove to have some sauce recepies for this! ;)

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    1. I think I'll be able to help with that! :)

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  5. I agree with Nadiyya, I reckon the sauce is what makes it even more delicious!

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