1.07.2009

Tapas

In Spain, tapeo, the art of eating tapas, is apparently done by strolling from bar to bar on a tapas crawl and is meant to stimulate the appetite before lunch or dinner. We recently had a tapas night with Brynne and Ryan but we ate our tapas as a meal itself. They made a few little dishes and we made a few dishes and we ended up with quite a selection: spicy Moroccan chicken kabobs, cheese-stuffed eggs (these were a bit much so I think Cabot's Seriously Sharp cheddar was not a good substitute for the manchego the recipe called for), sun-dried tomato and goat cheese tarts, deep-fried artichoke hearts with aioli, roasted potato wedges with shallots and rosemary, egg frittata, and bruschetta with anchovies. It was lots of fun. To keep the little-bites theme going, we had chocolate fondue for dessert.





4 comments:

  1. That was a fun night. Good pictures.

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  2. Wow, that looks like quite the array of tapas! And perhaps even a nice bottle of rioja to go with. Mmmmm. Which were your favorites? We are doing a fondue night tonight - any last minute suggestions?

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  3. Hey Tom! My favorite dish was definitely the sun-dried tomato and goat cheese tarts on puff pastry-- but I love goat cheese. The other two I liked a lot were the Moroccan chicken kabobs (not unlike Kate's Iranian kabobs), and the roasted potatoes with rosemary and shallots which I have had since with a regular meat and potatoes meal.

    Hope your fondue night is yummy. Our chocolate fondue was a chocolate-hazelnut fondue actually, which had franjelico in it; the recipe for it was found right in the book that came with the fondue pot. I can send it to you if you want. But I'm sure you have something good planned.

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  4. Our fondue (orchestrated by Kate, sous chefed by me) wasn't anything fancy but it was fun! The cheese we did was some cheddar, some gruyere, beer and some cream, a little mustard. It was really good- way better than other "typical" swiss-style cheese fondue. The chocolate was simple dark choc and cream. For meat we just broiled some chicken bits and had 4 different dipping sauces, Kate could tell you the recipes for those. Peanut satay, mustard vinaigrette, chipotle ranch, bbq. Easier (and tastier and cleaner) than doing the whole hot oil thing we thought.

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