Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Viva España!

Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0 in the spectacular 2010 Soccer Final, and to celebrate we served up this selection of quick and easy Tapas…

Did you know: Tapas arose from the need to avoid drinking on an empty stomach!

Garlic & Parmesan Mussels
Mix some butter, garlic, parmesan and parsley. Scoop onto cleaned half shell mussels. Grill for 4 minutes.

Mini Chorizo & Cheese Pies
Heap a tablespoonful of a mixture of diced Chorizo Sausage and Grated Cheese onto Puff Pastry Rounds (we buy ours ready-made!). Fold over and seal to form a half moon shape. Brush with egg and dust with some paprika. Bake for 10 – 14 minutes at 200ºC.

Peppery Cream Cheese and Balsamic Onion Toasties
Lightly toast some slices of bread. Fry and onion and some garlic until translucent, add a splash of balsamic vinegar and salt. Top the bread slices with the onion mix. Cut the Peppered Cream Cheese into rounds and place on top of the onion mix. Grill until the cheese starts to brown slightly. Garnish with Raisins and Parsley.

Mixed Olives
Serve a selection of Black Olives, Green Olives stuffed with Garlic and Green Olives stuffed with Almonds.

Peg the following onto a toothpick: Mini Gherkin, Pickled Onion or Garlic, Pitted Olive and a Caper rolled in Anchovy Fillet. 

Chick Pea Dip
Blend together: 1 Can drained Chick Peas, 1 Tbls Crushed Garlic, 1 Tbls Lemon Juice and 2 Tbls Chopped Parsley. Season with salt & Pepper and serve with toasted bread rounds. 

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