Calçots - Catalan Marmite

Calçotada in 2007 01.JPGPersonally, i love'em. Just don't wear white. Mainly an excuse for a barbecue in March. Or February. Or April. A 'Calçot' pronounced 'calsot' is a type of scallion or green onion from Lleida. The calçot from Valls, Tarragona is a registered EU Protected Geographical Indication. Calçots are milder and less bulbous than onions. The Calçotada is an annual event from Tarragona, now celebrated all over Catalonia. They are grilled on high fire, wrapped up in newspaper, served on terra cotta tiles and eaten after peeling with bare hands by dipping one by one in romesco sauce along with an accompaniment of red wine and bread. This is followed by barbecued lamb chops and sausage and white beans.

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