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Stuffed Apple and a Chai May 28, 2007
It's most often the case that any time you want to go out to eat in Barcelona, any restaurant you want to go to will be packed. This is partly due to massive tourist population in the city, but also because there are really great places to eat that appeal to locals and tourists alike.
It was a few days in to our stay in Barcelona that we were turned on the Origen 99.9% in the Born District. It's an area that is hopping with new bars, restaurants, and a very lively nighttime atmosphere. Origen fits right in with all of this offering traditional Catalan food in a tapas (or small plate) format. Their menu is vast and the prices reasonable given the quality of the food. You can have nearly any food on the menu with a good tea and find yourself very satisfied. There is however one dish and one tea that really stood out for us: the stuffed apple with a chai. This traditional Catalan dish mixes savory and sweet, meats and fruits, and a great blend of spices to match the textures and exotic qualities of chai. We've included the recipe below so that you can try it with your own cup of Bombay Chai at home.
- 4 golden apples
- 150 grams of ground pork
- 150 grams of ground beef
- 1 chopped onion
- salt, black pepper, powdered cinnamon
- lemon peel
- 4 biscotti powdered
- an egg
- almond powder
Peel and core the apples, leaving a hole in the middle. In a casserole dish, fry the two meats with olive oil and add the chopped onion, then allow this to cool. Add the lemon peel and ground cinnamon to the meat, fry it up again, crack the egg and mix it in, and then mix in the crumbled biscotti. Fill the apples with this mixture. Pour muscatel over the apples and top them with almond powder. Place in the oven at 160C for about 20 minutes.
Where: Origen 99.9%, carrer Vidrieria 6-8 (Born), Barcelona, Spain
Food: Poma farcida de l'Empordà (Stuffed apple of Empordà)
Tea: Bombay Chai