Gildas – A Superbowl Party Snack

With the Super Bowl this weekend, I want to have snacks that are easy to prepare and pair nicely with beer and wine.  Tostitos and dip aren’t the most thoughtful things to bring as a guest, plus they’re kind of boring.  So what am I making?  Gildas!

Gildas are very typical of the Basque region of Spain.  The pepper that tops the gilda is a guindilla, which is also indigenous to the area.  Guindillas are delicious – they are a great combination of sweet and spicy and the vinegar they come packaged in provides tanginess.

To make gildas, you will need the following: a baguette, green olives, guindillas, anchovies, and toothpicks.  Really simple stuff!


Slicing everything is the most complicated step...seriously!

First, you’ll want to cut the baguette into 0.5-1.0 cm slices.  Each slice will form the “base” of the pintxo.  You’ll also want to cut the “hats” off of the peppers.  (Yes, I call them hats.)

Now it’s time for assembly.  Layer the olive, anchovy, and guindilla on top of the baguette slice, and secure with a toothpick.


Easier to assemble than an Ikea bookshelf!

…And you’re done!  Gildas go well with a dry white wine (such as an Albarino) or a pale ale.

What are you doing for Super Bowl Sunday?  Who are you rooting for?  Or are you like me, and really just use the Super Bowl as an excuse to socialize, critique TV commercials, and eat?  And maybe even watch REAL “football” (aka the Real Madrid game) instead?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

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