My husband and I have become slightly obsessed with olive oil tortas. Have you tried these yet? We were excited to see them in Saveur's Top 100 List this month; they certainly deserve a spot!
We had seen these tortas in their intriguing wax paper packaging in the grocery store a few times, but we were put off by the price ($6 for 6 tortas). But finally we tried them out, and oh my! They are so delicious! They are crispy and flaky, like a thin, crispy pie crust, and they are salty and sweet, with a burnished glaze of sugar on top. But their real addictive quality comes from the spice: there are little flecks of sweet anise studded into the torta.
These things are like crack, we decided, as we spread them with cheese and honey. Absolutely delicious with morsels of goat cheese and a spicy chutney, or with a rich baba ghanoush.
According to their website, the Ines Rosales tortas are over 24% olive oil! They also have a touch of sugar and spices, and they are made and flattened by hand by local women in Seville, Spain. They have been made this way since 1910, and they have a rustic, delicate look and taste.
• Find them: Sweet 'Tortas de Aceite' Crisps - 2 Packages, $11.95 at La Tienda (Also available in the cheese and specialty food section of some grocery stores. We found them at Giant Eagle in central Ohio.)
• More information: Ines Rosales
And if you'd had these and would like to try to replicate them at home, here's a recipe from Wild Yeast:
• Olive Oil Wafers at Wild Yeast
Have you tried these yet? If so, how do you like to eat them?
(Images: Faith Durand)