This past long weekend has been a lazy one for me. I stayed home and cooked. I shared my results with my neighborhood friends.
On Sunday, I grilled some bread w/ Spanish olive oil, cut some garlic cloves, ripe tomatoes, Manchego cheese, thyme salt and more Spanish olive oil. This is the best community appetizer or maybe I should say tapas. Everyone had to rub their own garlic, tomato, sprinkle salt and more olive oil on their own piece of bread - pan con tomate!!! This was a hit.
Then at Bob's, I made a mussel ceviche, with lemon juice, fresh ginger, shallots, parsley, garlic, lemon thyme, and olive oil. It was very good and it actually gave "Olive Tree's" version some competition.
Monday night, I was brave and made 4 new tapa recipes:
- gambas ala plancha - grilled prawns w/ Spanish olive oil & salt
- fresh sweet peppers ala plancha - grilled shishito peppers w/ Spanish olive oil, thyme & salt
- chorizo stuffed calamari w/ grilled onions - the stuffing was a mixture of chorizo sausage, portobello mushrooms, onions and rice
- salted cod & patatas croquettas w/ aioli - fried mashed potato & salted cod mixture
This tapas thing is delicious, but it surely takes a lot of time to prepare. Specifically the last two recipes.