Escalivada Catalana (Spanish Grilled Veggies)

Escalivada Catalana are grilled vegetables from the Catalan part of Spain. Making Escalivada Catalana is very little work, but you do need to calculate plenty of oven time.

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One and a half hour 200 degrees makes vegetables very tasty.

“To grill in ashes”, that is the literal translation of the Catalan verb Escalivar. In the old days the Catalan grilled their veggies in ashes. Nowadays some still do. Others use a barbeque or an oven to prepare their Escalivada Catalana modern style.

A barbecue gives a more smokey flavor, but it is harder to manage temperature and cuison. Using an oven makes the dish very easy and time efficient to prepare.

Any type of vegetable can be used, but traditionally eggplant, red bell pepper, onion, garlic and tomato are the most common.

Kitchen Utensils

  • Oven (or barbecue)


As a side dish for 2-3 persons

Red Bell Pepper, Eggplant, Onion, Tomatoes and Garlic are all the ingredients for Spanish Escalivada
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1 eggplant
  • 2 onion
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 3 tomatoes
  • Salt, pepper and olive oil for seasoning

How to make Escalivada Catalana

Prep time: 5 min. | Waiting time: 100 min. | Cook time: 5 min.

Spanish Escalivada Catalana ingredients right from the oven.
It looks like a car crash, but this is what well roasted veggies should look like when they come right from the oven or the ashes.
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Centigrade (390 F).
  1. Assemble all the ingredients but the tomatoes in a roasting pan. Prick the eggplant a few times with a fork (to prevent the skin from bursting).

  2. After one hour, add the three tomatoes.

  3. After 30 more minutes, take out the veggies and check if they are done (it is especially important to check if the eggplant is tender).

  4. Let the veggies cool down for some 10 minutes or until you can touch them easily.

  5. Peel the eggplant and take out the flesh. Peel the bell peppers, tomatoes and onion too. Cut the veggies in long strips and put on a plate.

  6. Sprinkle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

  7. Peel the garlic and add to the plate or bowl. 

Serve cold. 

Spanish Escalivada is great to serve as a side dish.


Recipe: Escalivada Catalana
Country: Spain
Prep: 5 min.
Cook: 100 min.
Total: 5 min.
Ingredients: eggplant, red bell pepper, tomato, onion, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper
Type of meal: side dish

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