What the Xato is that?

Xato (pronounced cha-toe) is a traditional dish from the Catalan region of Garraf and Penedès originating from the “aixetonar” of the wine barrel festival. During this ancient festival held on the second Sunday before Carnival a small tap was inserted in the wine barrels (also known as “aixetó”) to enable the tasting of the young new wine. It was part of the festival to eat a cod based salad over escarole, anchovies and olives seasoned with a sauce with Arabian hints.

The first written referencis a traditional dish from the Catalan region of Garraf and Penedès originating from the “aixetonar” of the wine barrel festival. During this ancient festival held on the second Sunday before Carnival, a small tap was inserted in the wine barrels (also known as “aixetó”) to enable the tasting of the young new wine. It was part of the festival to eat a cod based salad over escarole, anchovies and olives seasoned with a sauce with Arabian hints.











If you’ve heard of either family meal, we have made it easy for you to enjoy an authentic Xató salad. We are pleased to introduce the latest member in our collection of sauces and pestos. We give you Xató Sauce, prepared using traditional methods, free of preservatives and colouring agents.


Nearly everything tastes better with Xató, it's freakishly addictive. Vegan friendly it’s made using only red peppers, hazelnuts, olive oil, garlic, honey and salt and is very similar to Romesco but uses Hazelnuts as a posed to Almonds and it is smoother in texture.

If you’ve herd of either Xató or Romesco sauce you will have most likely seen it paired with poultry or seafood. Xatógoes beautifully with chicken, on chicken and in chicken. It’s very often served with seafood, James Martin pairs red mullet and squid douched in Xató sauce, Jamie Oliver braised octopus and Xató whilst Gordon Ramsey likes to showcase Cod and Xató.


But let’s be a little more adventurous. Who’s pairing it with cheese? Marcus Wareing pairs Burrata with Xató sauce. Perhaps try the traditional Spanish snack fried Manchego cheese with Xató Sauce.


When it comes to vegetables, especially grilled ones, Rachel Khoo goes for burnt leak parcels and Xató.


And as for pasta you can use it as a sauce or filling for ravioli or try Xató mac and cheese.


In a Pintxo of course… spicy meatballs and Xató, fish cakes and Xató the list just goes on.


Slackened off as a soup, maybe with crispy bacon crumbled in.


As a dip with crudités such as carrots and celery.


It can be used as another condiment, on the order of ketchup, mayo or mustard.


On toast! Yes really, with goats cheese or Scrambled egg.


As for me, I just eat it straight off a spoon… If you’d like to try it here is a 20% discount code URBN202


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