Snacks and sides

Witlof xato

Australian Gourmet Traveller Spanish tapas recipe for witlof xato.
Witlof xato

Witlof xato

Ben Dearnley

Xato is a typical Catalan salad of salt cod, anchovy and tuna with a roasted nut and red pepper sauce.


Red pepper sauce



1.For red pepper sauce, process peppers, almonds, hazelnuts, garlic and anchovies in a food processor until combined. Add extra-virgin olive oil until incorporated, then sherry vinegar and enough water to thin to dollop consistency. Makes about 500ml.
2.Arrange witlof on a serving plate and serve with red pepper sauce and anchovies.

Giant Antigua anchovies are available from

. Piquillo peppers are wood-fired Spanish peppers available from Spanish delicatessens and specialty food stores. The Australian versions in jars don’t have as authentic a flavour.

Drink Suggestion: A bone-dry manzanilla sherry. Drink suggestion by Max Allen


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