Black garlic has literally blown me away since I used it for the first time recently on these guacamole bruschettas. The black garlic’s caramelized, licoricey softened flavour and date-like texture combines heavenly with the fresh creamy pea guacamole on the crunchy bread. The bruchettas simply makes you feel happy and everyone I have served them for has literally expressed a “WOW”!
Serve the bruschettas as an eye-catching taste bud opener for the Tuna Tataki Salad or enjoy them alone as healthy tapas with a glass of wine.
1/2 coca bread, sour dough bread or foccacia
1/2 black garlic
2 avocados (Big ones 1½)
½-1 dcl peas (Frozen)
Pinch of salt
How To Make Them
- Defreeze the peas (I put them in boiled water for a while)
- Blend avocados, peas olive oil to a smooth texture
- Add a pinch of salt
- Cut and toast the bread – only toast lightly so the texture inside stays fresh inside
- Peel and chop half of the black garlic into thin slices
- Put some guacamole on top of the toasted breads
- Finish with the sliced garlic
The variations of the black garlic bruschetta are unlimited. Another of my favourites is with foie gras and caramelized onions. It is also fantastic on pizza, omelettes, in vinaigrette and mayonnaise.
What is Black Garlic?
Black garlic has been consumed and used for health benefits in Korea, Thailand and Japan for centuries. It is made from normal garlic bulbs that are aged through a Maillard process that gives it the black colour and a sweet and savory Umami taste without the normal sharpness of a fresh garlic. The taste is something between liquorice, tahini and caramel and it has a soft, sticky dade-like consistency. More about back garlic.
Black garlic has a lot of health benefits. It contains twice as much antioxidants than in the freshYou can make black garlic at home. Personally, I am too impatient to make it myself. garlic.
You can make black garlic at home. Personally, I am too impatient to make it myself.
How to Eat Them
The bruschettas are so delicious that they can easily stand alone with a glass of cold Cava or wine. They are also wonderful with a nice salad. The first time I made them, I did them as a side dish to the Tuna Tataki Salad with Beetroot Wasabi Mayo. That combination is a sensuous explosion!
Black Garlic “Al Granel”
I discovered the black garlic in the local shop Al Gra in Gracia. See map below. I like to buy it there because they sell “A Granel” meaning in bulk per kilo or piece, so you can choose how many you want. Al Gra sells rice, legumes nuts, dried fruits, sugars, spices, textured soy, flours, honeys, dehydrated, herbs and organic products. With most of the products in sacs the shop has a true authentic feel and a handpicked selection of nice products. I love the “From Sac to Plate” concept.
A safe place to buy good avocados in Barcelona is in the grocery store Ametller Origen. I love the Ametller concept that integrates agricultural production, processing and stores. The shops have a authentic rustic feel, a really good service and are located in various places in Barcelona and Catalunya.
The Best Coca Bread in Barcelona
The Spanish Pan de Coca is a Catalan bread with a light crumb and crispy crust. I buy the best Pan de Coca in Barcelona in Classic Line by Oriol Balaguer. This Coca has more “body” than the usual Coca I have tried. When toasted slightly, the sourdough crust remains a bit chewy inside with a perfect crispy crust. Don’t overtoast the coca as the quality of the crumb with loose its’ character.
If you don’t have a Classic Line around the corner, you should make the effort to go anyway. It is really worth the effort, check Instagram. Classic line is in four locations in Barcelona and three in Madrid. (See maps)
The Place to Buy Bread in Copenhagen
In Denmark Pan de Coca doesn’t exist to my knowledge. I would get a sour dough bread in Meyer’s Bageri (Meyers Bakery). This is one of THE best Danish bakeries with an outstanding quality – right from the selection of the organic flour. Check Instagram and get hungry!