Escudella i carn d'olla - Christmas food

Escudella i carn d'olla


Escudella i carn d'ollais a tasty bowl of pasta shells - called 'galets' - in a tasty meat and vegetable stew or soup. It's also called 'sopa de galets'.  

Escudella i carn d'olla is a traditional Catalan dish that is enjoyed during festive occasions, especially at Christmas. The dish consists of two main components:

Escudella: The word 'escudella' means bowl in the Catalan language. This refers to the broth or soup that forms the base of the dish. It is typically a hearty, well-seasoned broth made from a variety of meats, including pork, beef, and sometimes poultry. The broth is simmered with vegetables like carrots, leeks, and potatoes, as well as legumes like chickpeas.

Carn d'olla: Translates as "meat for the pot," this component involves a mix of meats, often including sausages, black pudding, veal, and other cuts of pork. These meats are simmered in the broth until tender, absorbing the flavors of the seasoned broth.

The dish is known for its robust and savory taste, with the meats contributing their distinct flavors to the overall ensemble. It is a communal dish, often served in a family setting, where everyone gathers around the pot to enjoy the various elements of escudella i carn d'olla.

It represents a delicious and comforting tradition that brings people together during special occasions in Catalonia.

Recipe Escudella i carn d'olla by Clifford A. Wright
Christmas food traditions
Recipe Barcelona city website
Catalan restaurants Barcelona
Christmas in Barcelona

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