A few Catalan sauces and condiments

Ingredients for an alliolli,

  • allioli- sauce made of garlic and olive oil, hand beaten into a mayonnaise-like consistency with mortar and pestle.Never eat without it!
  • chilindrón- sauce made from tomatoes, peppers, garlic, and chorizo.
  • garum- a black olive and anchovy paste, like French tapenade.
  • picada- a thickening or flavoring agent made from pounding nuts, garlic, parsley, saffron, cinnamon, and fried bread in a mortar.
  • romesco- spicey sauce of walnuts, pepper, garlic, parsley, etc. used mainly with fish.
  • rovelló- reddish mushroom, Lactarius sanguifluus, often used in meat stews such as fricando.
  • salsa verde- green sauce to accompany fish.
  • xanfaina- like the French ratatouille, vegetable stew of onions, peppers, tomato, and sometimes eggplant.
  • sofregit- a basic sauce made with oil, onions, and tomatoes.