Rather than a traditional multi-course dinner, I decided to apply my recent Barcelonean tapas memories and decided to entertain via a rich set of mini platos. The plan worked, the fan club today was more than happy . The sweet and spicy contrasts of figs and radishes were a hit. The mini-sandwiches ran out before could pour the first rounds of white Sangria. My Oriecchiette with crunchy almond slivers and Swiss chart did not last for seconds.
Mixed focaccie: Tomato and Prosciutto , Olives and Onions, Rosemary Roasted Potatoes (Tarry Market)
|Mixed Focaccie from Tarry Market|
Radish and Spicy Figs skewers
Very simple to make: reduce honey , water, and chayenne pepper, pinch of salt. Marinate dry fig halves for 2 hours. Then skewer as shown in the foto.
Sautee of Wild Mushrooms
Sun-dried tomatoes and Montrachet Goat cheese Sunflower bread squares
Bresaola mini-sandwiches with Honey Crisp Apples, and Apple Butter vinaigrette
|Focaccie and Bresaola Squares|
Charcuterie Tableau : spicy and sweet sausages, and Jamon Iberico
|Jamon Iberico in Primo Piano|
Mixed Cheeses: Aged Gouda, 16 month old Comté
Eggplant and Mushroom Frittata squares
|Fritttata di Melanzane|
Sautee eggplant cubes in EVOO, S/P.
Sautee sliced mushrooms in EVOO, S/P, Oregano, 1 minced garlic clove
Follow steps to make a thick frittata in a high edged pan. I used 3 eggs, and 12 egg whites for this frittata. Cook with a lid so that no flipping is required.
Endive Navettes filled with White Beans and Sorpressata strips
Toss beans (hopefully you have made this from scratch) with a bit of minced garlic and thyme. Use the beans to fill Endive leaves of uniform size. Top with strips or cubes of cured meats. Iberico anyone ?
Oriecchiette with Swiss Chard, and Shaved Almonds
|Oriecchiette and Swiss Chard|
White Asparagus in EVOO
Macedonia (Fruit Salad)
White Sangria ala "Olga" ,
Coco Water with Mint
I like birthdays. With a little planning, you never know what you are going to get. Smiles, laughes, happy people and well filled bellies.
Oh, almost forgot, add a few zeros to that seven up there. And, also remember to wish Mom, a very Happy Birthday!