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Catalan sanwiches and tapas

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Entrepans - sandwiches:

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These bear no relation to the British gamblers' device for hands free eating. More likely, one may need access to a knife and fork! An entrepan , which means literally 'between bread', is a hearty snack that can virtually substitute a meal. It should have a savoury filling, steak, pork loin, substantial sausages or llangonissa , etc. Cold cuts like heese or ham are also popular and in Catalonia it is always served with tomato spread on the bread as in pa amb tomaquet (see below). Possibly the best is made with truita de patatas (Spanish style potato omelette) this is a really chunky dish. An entrepan can be made either with slices of rustic bread or sections of barras or chunky bread sticks. Of late there's been a tendency to serve entrepans made with baguettes (French style bread) which seems to me an effeminate urban dish rather than the virile rustic meal of millions of breakfasts - in bars and cafés you see all sorts of people from brikkies to businessmen cheerfully tucking into their daily entrepan, carefully wrapped in foil by mum that morning, after about an hour's work!

Tapas:

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These don't really feature in Catalan cuisine. Although plenty of people eat them and most bars serve something in that line, the general tapas eating ambience just isn't there. For this reason I'm leaving this theme out of this guide, however as with many tapas dishes many Catalan starters and specialities are just served in smaller portions. Where this occurs I'll mention it.

 

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See aslo a brief guide to Catalan food by Simon Rice

 

A guide to food in Spain

A brief guide to Catalan food by Simon Rice owner of this restored Casa Rabassaire which he rents out on the summer.

Introduction
Sauces
Cooking styles
Sandwiches & tapas
Charcuterie
Special dishes
Rice dishes
First Courses
Main courses
Catalan desserts

See also Francis Barret's guide to food in Catalonia

 

 

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