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Roasted vegetables on toast

Spanish cuisine is really very simple, says chef Victor Burgos, who’s in town to preside over Gastronomia de España, a Spanish food fest at Marriott Hotel Manila.

But precisely because of its simplicity, it’s important to use good-quality ingredients when preparing Spanish dishes, whether it’s for a main dish like paella, a soup like gazpacho, or for one of the tapas that Spain is famous for.

Which is why for the dinner buffet at Marriott Café, the hotel has brought in special ingredients from Spain. For cooking the paella, for instance, only “bomba” rice is used. Considered the best rice for paella, bomba has fat, stubby grains that absorb more of the cooking liquid, thus imbuing the paella with a richer flavor.

Likewise, Burgos says he uses only extra-virgin Spanish olive oil for cooking the champiñones al ajillo (mushrooms sautéed with garlic, white wine and parsley), gambas and other traditional dishes.

For the escalivada, only jerez de vinaigre, or sherry vinegar, will do, he says, sherry being originally made in the town of Jerez, in Spain’s Andalusia region.

Adding authenticity to Marriott’s Spanish food fest are the cheeses, hams and sausages, such as Manchego cheese, chorizo and jamon Serrano, ham that’s dry-cured and air-dried (traditionally in the Spanish mountains but now also in climate-controlled sheds).

A native of Valladolid, Burgos is also doing on-the-spot cooking of churros during the dinner buffet. Though it’s served as a dessert at Marriott Café, in Spain, these crispy fritters are more of a breakfast dish, he says.

Here’s a recipe for one of the delightful tapas being served during the Gastronomia de España: coca con escalivada (roasted vegetables on toast).

Even those not overly fond of vegetables will find this tapa appealing—roasting caramelizes the onions, eggplants and bell peppers, leaving them with a sweet and mellow flavor. This tapa is great served with sangria and Spanish wines such as Rioja and Cava.

Gastronomia de España is part of the dinner buffet of Café Marriott until June 30. Buffet price is P1,950 per person from Sunday to Thursday and P2,300 on Friday and Saturday.

Call 9889999 for reservations.

CHEF Victor Burgos

Coca con Escalivada

3 onions

3 eggplants

5 red bell peppers

1/3 c extra-virgin olive oil

2 tbsp sherry vinegar

Salt and pepper

1-2 loaves baguette or any desired bread loaf, sliced into serving pieces

1-2 cans fillet of anchovies, drained

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°-180°C). Cut the onions in halves but leave the skin on. Slice the eggplants in halves. Arrange the onions, eggplants and bell peppers in an oven-proof tray lined with baking paper or aluminum foil. Roast the vegetables in the preheated oven for around 45 minutes or until tender.

Note: While vegetables are roasting, turn the bell peppers occasionally so that they roast evenly.

Once the vegetables are tender, remove them from the oven. Immediately put the bell peppers in a large bowl and cover the bowl with cling wrap. Keep covered for around five minutes then peel off the skin from the bell peppers and remove the seeds. Slice the peppers into strips.

Peel off the skin from the onions and the eggplants. Dice the onions and slice the eggplants into bite-size pieces. Mix the onions, eggplants and bell pepper strips in a bowl. Combine olive oil and sherry vinegar in a separate bowl and season with salt and pepper. Brush the vegetables with this mixture.

Toast the bread slices until crisp. Slice the anchovies into bite-size pieces. Top the bread slices with the roasted vegetables and anchovies. Serve immediately.

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Cook’s tips

Keeping the roasted peppers in a covered bowl for a few minutes makes it easier to peel off the skin.

Since the anchovies are salty, season the vegetables with salt only lightly.

If desired you can keep the anchovies whole, or mash them before putting them on the bread.

Other types of bread you may use: ciabatta, sandwich bread (trim off the crusts) and melba toast.

Chef Victor Burgos says it’s important to use sherry vinegar for the dressing to keep the taste authentically Spanish. Likewise Spanish extra-virgin olive oil is a must.


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