Almogrote – Canary Island Cheesy Tomato Spread
This recipe is translated (by me) from “Lo Mejor de la Cocina Canaria”, quite a cheap, small book, that is totally packed with traditional Canarian campesino recipes without any modern embellishments or attempts to update recipes, which is very much a strength. All the recipes are real rural Spanish cooking, packed full of garlic, oil and big flavours. I think there is probably an English version floating around, at least in some gift shops somewhere on the islands.
This recipe makes quite a simple, but sophisticated-feeling started, which is enjoyed smeared on crunchy bread and goes very well with a glass of wine.
. The traditional cheese is hard matured goats cheese. Other strong salty cheeses work well in this too, for example if you happen to have an old block of Parmesan that is going hard around the edges and you don’t know what to use it for, try making this!
– Recipe –
250g hard Cheese // 250g ripe Tomatoes // 3 Garlic Cloves, peeled // 1 small hot Chilli, veins and seeds removed // Oil // Salt
- Pound the Garlic with the chilli and a little salt in a pestle and mortar.
- Remove the skin and seeds from the Tomato, and then cut and squash the pieces with a fork.
- When it is well-ground add the Garlic and Chilli paste and mix it all in.
- Grate the Cheese and mix it in with the paste, add a splash of Oil and then beat the paste with a fork until you have made a well-integrated sauce.
Serve with crusty bread, Enjoy!