Escalivada is a traditional Catalan dish consisting of smoky grilled vegetables. Traditionally, it was prepared in the embers of a wood fire, but today we also prepare it on the grill, the stove or in the oven. During barbecue season, I love preparing this dish by placing the vegetables directly on a grate over the grill or even directly on the glowing coals. However, using a grill takes a lot of time and makes a lot of dirt. Therefore, I usually grill escalivada in the oven. Although this way is cleaner and faster, I still recommend using real fire when possible. I love eating escalivada served with rice.