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Picada

Updated February 23, 2016
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A lively seasoning of fried bread, almonds, and garlic, picada is used in Spanish dishes as a thickener and flavoring. Picada is also a good addition to pasta and plain vegetables.

Cooking Methodpan-frying

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 30 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

Equipmentfood processor

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and Texturegarlicky, nutty, savory

Type of DishCondiments

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup peeled almonds
  • 1 slice white country-style bread
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

To make ½ cup picada, toast ¼ cup peeled almonds in a 350°F oven until they’re pale gold, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove and set aside. Meanwhile, slowly fry one slice of white country-style bread in 2 tablespoons olive oil until golden on both sides. Grind the bread, almonds, and 2 large garlic cloves and pinch of salt in a food processor to make a crumbly paste.

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