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Old 08-15-2008, 10:11 PM   #1
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Paella dinner - what goes with it?

Hi, all. DH and I are having two couples over for dinner tomorrow night and I'm making paella and sangria. I need some ideas for Spanish-inspired appetizers and dessert. Thanks
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Old 08-15-2008, 10:58 PM   #2
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How about Tapas? There are many recipes out there for these little appetizers and they are very tasty! Also a nice crisp salad to clear the palate.
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Old 08-15-2008, 11:59 PM   #3
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Authentic Spanish Recipes and Customer Favorites from LaTienda.com Try this link. It has lots of Spanish recipes from appetizers to desserts.
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How about a little Hungarian Tapas (um....that would be ME)

How about a little gazpacho in cucumber cups? Or just a bowl will do too!

Or some Spanish prosciutto (Italian is fine also) wrapped around some cantelope?

Right now I have acid reflux so even looking at recipes is "bothersome" - here is a link that may or may not be of use. Can't really look at it Sorry!
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Tapas Recipes, Small Plates and Spanish Cooking Ideas: Parties: Party Ideas: Food Network
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Oo! GREAT link, i.c.

I love tapas and the problem I always have is deciding what to leave out. I always make way too many dishes.

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Old 08-16-2008, 09:58 AM   #7
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Thanks for the ideas. I found a recipe for serrano ham-wrapped melon balls marinated in sherry vinegar, lemon juice and a few other things that sounds perfect for an appetizer. And I think I'm going to take it easy on dessert and buy a pound cake from a local bakery. Maybe a lemon pound cake and make mint sauce.
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The last time I made a big paella dinner I kept it pretty simple. Margheritas with tortilla chips, salsa, & guacamole; followed by Gazpacho with lots of different add-your-own toppings; pitchers of both white & red Sangria; the Paella & a big green salad. Dessert was homemade flan in individual custard cups that I unmolded on dessert plates.

Both the Gazpacho & the Flan were made the day before, so I only had the Paella, salad, drinks, & dips to contend with on dinner day.
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Old 08-16-2008, 11:37 AM   #9
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Hey, Breezy, that does sound good Unfortunately, gazpacho is not a favorite of mine - I'm not crazy about the flavors of raw garlic, onion and peppers. I have several heirloom tomatoes from the garden and, although it's not really "Spanish," I'm going to make this tomato salad I saw this morning on Jamie Oliver's show: Recipes : The Mothership Tomato Salad : Food Network, using sherry vinegar.
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GG - I do something VERY similar with tomatoes except I add roasted shallots to mine. The roasted shallots add a really nice sweetness to the dish.

Sounds like everything is coming together!!! I agree with using Sherry vinegar - it's good stuff!
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