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Old 03-17-2016, 11:27 PM   #1
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Spanish Tapas Evening

I have friends coming Sunday for tapas. I have manchego cheese, jambon iberico, Spanish chorizo, sardines, shrimp. I have sherry vinegar, aioli, romanesco, whole almonds. I do have time to go to the groceries I need anything else.

Now I just need a plan. What are some of your favorite tapas? I'm looking for a variety - hot, cold, on bread, on picks, meat, veg, spicy, savory.......

Ideas? Recipes?

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Old 03-17-2016, 11:45 PM   #2
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I did Spanish for a dinner party once. Off the top of my head:
- sliced jambon wrapped around slices of cantaloupe drizzled with a little sherry vinegar
- spiced almonds with honey and cayenne pepper
- season the shrimp with smoked paprika and grill or broil; make a dipping sauce with aioli and sherry vinegar
- skewers with manchego, chorizo and roasted red and yellow peppers with romesco for dipping
- toasted crusty bread rubbed with sliced garlic and tomato. Could top it with sardines.

Hope this helps.
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Old 03-18-2016, 12:27 AM   #3
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Any variation of bacon wrapped dates.

They can be simple bacon and dates, stuffed with a plain or seasoned cheese mixture, nuts etc... All of the prep work can be done ahead and then bake them off as needed in a moderately hot oven until the bacon is crisp.

Good luck!
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Old 03-18-2016, 01:16 AM   #4
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Definitely a fun idea for a party.

Serve a bowl of marinated and spiced olives.

A Spanish Tortilla. I made a mostly Italianate type frittata the other day (ham, asparagus and slipped in some leftover scalloped potatoes), a good idea for using up leftovers, but not quite "it" for what I was trying to achieve. While looking at frittata recipes I was cross referencing Tortilla recipes. Pretty easy when you have a lot of recipes to prepare. Basically potatoes and eggs baked. I've had these several times at parties too and they are good and may be served at room temperature.

Sangria. ( Lots of recipe combos.) We don't serve wine mostly ever. What we make as an alternative is sparkling lemonade. Put some lemon, lime and orange slices in a pitcher with lemonade. Add sparkling water just before serving.

I think you have enough meat dishes with the jamon, shrimp and sardines. If you want one more, try albondigas. Tiny little Spanish meatballs.
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Old 03-18-2016, 01:53 AM   #5
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When I made this app it was more Italian by using prosciutto, you could use either your jamon Iberico or some jamon Serrano.

Needed: figs, dry ham of choice, goat cheese, honey

Cut a small x-mark into the pointy tip of each fig. Wrap figs securely with ham, stuff some cheese into each fig, and bake at 350 for 5-8 minutes. Drizzle with honey.

I used fresh figs. I would think you could use plumped dried figs, but I haven't tried that...yet.

Wishing you an enjoyable evening with your guests.
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Old 03-18-2016, 06:44 AM   #6
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Smoked almonds with a glass of amontillado and flan for dessert!
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Old 03-18-2016, 08:57 AM   #7
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We've made all 3 of these several times for tapas meals and like them. They were in an article if memory serves in early 2000's.

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/min...-saffron-sauce

Clams in Garlic Sauce recipe | Epicurious.com

Wine and Ham Croquettes recipe | Epicurious.com
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Old 03-18-2016, 11:05 AM   #8
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Tiny potatoes would be a nice addition.

You could go with loaded smashed, salt potatoes, boiled or roasted with an Aioli dipping sauce, etc...
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Old 03-18-2016, 11:07 AM   #9
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A tortilla is sort of a must and is very simple

Potatoes bravas is also very easy
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Wow! A lot of good ideas here. Keep 'em coming.........
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