Saturday, March 31, 2012

Peeling Calçots, Masia Can Palau, Vilanova del Valles

Peeling Calçots [enlarge]

In Catalonia, there is this part of the year when going out to have calçots at any of the many masias spread around the country becomes almost a matter of state. Most well-known places to have them are in the southern province of Tarragona, in a region called Valls but around Barcelona it is not strange to find a good spot in a idyllic environment. The place I will mention today is just an example and of course you are free to choose. It is called Masia Can Palau and it is located in Vilanova del Valles some kilometers away from the city of Barcelona. We had a 30 eur menu that included Calçots with Romescu sauce, grilled meat (a mixture of chicken, sausage, lamb and rabbit with fries) and dessert. We had two generous rounds of calçots per person, they came wrapped in aluminum foil and very hot. We soaked tender and juicy stems of the plant, that you have to peel first, in an exquisite romescu sauce which is made with almond, garlic, red pepper, hazelnut, tomato, olive oil, vinegar, crumbs of fried bread, salt and pepper. If you want to know how they cook calçots and what they are, check my previous posts: Catalan Traditions - Calçotada: A Close Look and Grilled Leaks...Check the sauce in next post.

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