Simple Tapas – my take on Small Plate Dining
I’m sure everyone has evenings like this. I really don’t feel like cooking a proper meal, but I want something comforting and easy. And, I don’t really have any ‘proper food’ in the fridge. By that I mean, there’s no substantial chunk of meat or fish, there are a few onions and potatoes and a bit of green stuff (asparagus in my case tonight) but not much else. So this calls for simple store cupboard tapas. And because I am into foodie trends, I am thinking of this as my own version of small plate dining. I don’t think it came out looking like ‘leftovers’ but effectively that’s what it was. I guess I could have phoned for a home delivery but I find messing around in the kitchen quite therapeutic, even when I’m not ‘cooking’. So here goes. Small plate dining at home.
Tonight on the menu
- Asparagus wrapped in Serrano Ham
- Patatas Bravas
- Chorizo con Vino
- Herb Salad with Olives
The asparagus is simply trimmed, wrapped in ribbons of serrano ham and then put in the oven for 15 minutes. The chorizo is skinned, cut into chunks about a quarter of an inch thick, put in an ovenproof dish and topped up with wine and fresh oregano and put in the oven. The patatas bravas – par boiled potatoes (these were new ones, so I didn’t peel them), a finely chopped onion, a teaspoon of smoked garlic and chilli oil and a good pinch of smoked paprika, topped with half a tin of chopped plum tomatoes, cooked on the top of the stove for 15 minutes.
I am particularly fond of the chorizo con vino. Cooking chorizo in wine helps burn out some of the fat and you get a really tender and meaty sausage with a rich red wine sauce. No single item took more than 3 minutes to get prepared. And it was absolutely delicious. And there enough patatas bravas for tomorrow.
Small Plate Dining my way…