Getting a group of friends together and organizing a calsotada will catapult you to success.
Follow our “secret formula" to organise a Calsotada feast: Invite a group of friends who are willing to get their hands dirty and wear a bib. As more people, better. No need to know each other. The calsots will do the rest. Calsotada is a winter and outdoor feast around real fire (or BBQ), if you can ensure some sunshine, the better. Be ready to enjoy, have fun and drink wine with a Porron.
Prepare a good fire and a place to eat the calsots standing up. It is the dish that will open the menu, after the appetizers. Make sure everyone puts on a bib, drinks from a porron, gets their hands dirty stripping the calsot, dips them in Romesco sauce and looks at the sky while they eat them. It’s a magic onion, the only one that makes you smile.
The calsotada is a long menu and not narrow at all. It is very broad.
Like any meal with friends, you have to start with a good appetizer with black and white butifarras (sausages)and fuet. Some toasted bread, tomato, olive oil and salt.
Then the calsots are served, freshly made and on a tile. The tile will keep them warm.
Once the calsots are finished and with clean hands, everyone can sit down and the meats are served.
Here are some suggestions:
The fuet is one of the most characteristic of Catalan gastronomy. There are many fuets, but ours is the best. A traditional formula, which has passed from generation to generation. Meat selected from our pigs so that you can make the best toast with tomato and fuet you have ever tasted. You won’t be able to stop when you taste the first piece… it’s non-stop.
Typical dessert is something that can be shared.
At home it will be very easy to prepare a “musician’s dessert". Some dried fruits (walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, raisins…. , whatever you like) accompanied by muscatel wine in a “porrón". It is a dish to lengthen the after-dinner conversation, an indispensable condition of the calsotada.
If someone plays the guitar and sings a few songs, then it will be the perfect calsotada.