“At Boqueria, NYC and DC's favorite tapas bar, executive chef Marc Vidal creates a flavorful menu of authentic, Spanish tapas dishes. Every year on Christmas, Marc's family traditionally makes Escudella, a traditional Catalan soup made of various meats and vegetables in broth. On the following day, St. Stephen's Day, it is a Catalan tradition to use the leftover meat from the Escudella, and grind it up to make the stuffing for Canelones. Marc prepares the chicken canelones, or Canelones de la Iaia, using the leftover chicken and then creates a béchamel sauce to serve on top.”
For a variation on a classic Sauce Bechamel, try chicken broth and half-and-half together with a roux of butter and flour flavored with grated onion. White pepper, thyme and cayenne give an earthy bite to the sauce.