The traditional cuisine of Northern Spain emphasis the rich flavours of the freshest locally-sourced ingredients.
This is epitomized in the two traditional Catalonian sauces now available from The Essential Ingredient produced by Can Bech; Romesco and Xató.
Both are produced using traditional recipes and the highest quality ingredients, and join the range of Can Bech spreads and jellies already stocked by The Essential Ingredient.
Romesco is a popular and traditional sauce from Catalonia, specifically from Tarragona in the North-East of Spain.
It is made with olive oil, vinegar, ripe tomatoes, garlic, fried bread, ñora (a type of red pepper) and toasted almonds.
Romesco sauce is wonderful smothered over grilled prawns and pan fried fish, as an accompaniment to roasted meats, or as a base for dressings, marinades and sauces.
It can also be served as it is, a simple-yet-flavourful dip for freshly baked bread.
Xató is another popular and traditional sauce from the north east of Spain.
It is based on the same ingredients as the Can Bech Romesco Sauce, with the addition of hazelnuts, lemon and black pepper.
With a unique combination of richness and zestiness, Xató is perfect as a base for sauces, marinades, and dips.
Like Romesco sauce, it is equally useful as a rub for roast chicken or drizzled over grilled vegetables and salads.
Can Bech Romesco and Xató sauces capture the flavours of Northern Spain. Both are versatile and are as at home in a refined haute dish than spread on a crusty piece of bread.