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Friday, March 6, 2009

Grilled Leaks Soaked in Romesco Sauce? No, Just Some Calçots

Box of Calçots [enlarge]

Do you dig grilling some baby leeks to later soak them in romesco sauce? I do! Well, it is not exactly a leek nor it is an onion or a garlic plant but something in between. It definitely reminds you of onions when you smell it and taste it. Maybe the only difference is that calçots, as such is their name in Catalan, neither bite nor make you cry. Here you have a great bunch of calçots that are traditionally consumed this time of the year. I won't get any deeper into the story about what they are or the ritual followed before and during a calçotada since that has already been described in this previous post of mine: Catalan Traditions, La Calçotada.

6 comments:

  1. So they they have any onion taste at all so these are the veggies were is the meat ? :)))

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  2. This is just the appetizer! :)

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  3. These onion family plants look a little sturdy and short. Very interesting look.

    Great capture of street life!

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  4. uf, I never tried it, but everybody visiting BCN talks about them... so maybe I'll try next time :)

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  5. I discovered calçots while visiting the Costa Brava about 20 years ago and was hooked.

    Since then I've moved to Barcelona and it is one of the things I really look forward to in the winter, although this year I missed the calçotada in Valls which is a bit of a pilgrimage.

    Anyone visiting Barcelona in the winter should try a calçotada as it's a real feast!

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  6. Thanks so much Roentarre
    Dsole que bien! Barcelona no es el mejor sitio para comer calçots pero algún que otro restaurant sí que hay.
    Barcelona Travelogue, I see you really like calçots. Good luck with your travel site.

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