Today is going to be a busy day, with all those launches at various shops and design galleries, so I thought I’d whip up something easy in advance so that I wouldn’t have to worry about cooking. I chose one of Catalunya’s great basics, Escalivada. You can make it too!
Thanks to my friend Didi’s and her delightful cookery blog Bijzonder Spaans I can show you how…
Escalivada (serves 4)
2 small eggplants
2 green peppers
3 small onions
1 garlic bulb
50 ml olive oil
Wash the eggplants and peppers (skin and all) and place them with the onions and garlic in a baking tray (save the tomato for later). Prick the eggplants with a knife several times.
Drizzle with 50 ml olive oil and roast for about 45 minutes in a preheated oven (180ºC). Turn the vegetables occasionally.
After 45 minutes remove the peppers and add the tomatoes. Put the peppers in a closed plastic bag for 10-15 minutes. This makes it easy to skin them once they have cooled.
Roast the eggplant, onion, garlic and tomatoes in the oven for another 15 minutes. After this time, check if the eggplant is well cooked by pricking it with a fork. It should be nice and soft. If not, leave in the oven for a bit longer.
Remove the baking tray from the oven, add the eggplant to the peppers in the plastic bag, close again and allow to cool.
Peel the peppers and eggplants when they have cooled slightly, remove the seeds from the peppers and cut into lengthwise strips. Peel the onions, chop the tomatoes and onions into chunky pieces and put everything on a plate or dish. Pour any remaining juices from the baking tray over the escalivada.
Season to taste with salt flakes and some more olive oil if necessary. Delicious served on rustic bread, toasted or not, and also as a side dish with meat or fish. Yummmm!
Thanks Didi for another delicious recipe! I’ll be back for more!
PS: did you notice the terra cotta over dish that Didi has served her escalivada in? Isn’t it gorgeous? Can’t find any locally? Not to worry, you can buy one online, at her shop. (Both Didi’s blog and website are in Dutch, so you may want to view in Google Chrome or have your browser’s translation app at the ready)
All images by Didi van Haren at Bijzonder Spaans