Our final day in Catalonia, we found ourselves at this beautifully restored farmhouse about 25 minutes outside of Girona. Despite not being able to take our morning hot hair balloon ride (due to weather), everyone was excited for the calçotada and learning how to eat calçots the Catalonian way. We abandoned the cozy warmth of the house and Wi-Fi to gather around the pool house for an afternoon of food and fun.
Preparing the calçots
They look like scallions, a requisite aromatic I find myself chopping and adding to everything I cook in both Jamaica and the US. But instead of breaking out the chopping board, calçots are strung together and cooked whole to retain the flavor and make the experience tons more fun.
They were cooked outside on an open first. Because they were strung together on the wire, it made it a lot easier to turn and get on and off the grill. Smart idea!
When it comes time to eat your finished calçots, you can’t be afraid to get a little dirty. I’ve seen vidoes of peole daintily peeling the charred layers off and even cutting, with knife and fork. No way! Here’s the REAL way to do it:
How to eat Calçots
We kept it traditional and followed up our calçots with sausages, bread and of course lots of cava and wine — a perfect Saturday afternoon!
Have you ever been to a calçotada or had calçots in Catalonia?
Disclaimer: Charming Villas Catalonia hosted me and 8 other bloggers for a week around the Catalonia region of Spain, however all opinions are my own.