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Karl’s Tapas Dinner

Miriam had requested gazpacho for Sunday’s dinner. Her husband, Chris, does not particularly like gazpacho. Jan suggested that I make a variety of tapas to go with the cold soup, so they could both be happy.

Karl’s Tapas Dinner

Karl’s Tapas Dinner

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Karl’s Tapas: Caballa Frita Rellena (Fried Stuffed Mackerel)

Adapted from Food and Wine recipe

I am making a Spanish tapas dinner for this Sunday. There is a whole selection of fish tapas, many of which involve whole fried small fish. I had wanted to have fried anchovies or sardines, but El Niño had caused a collapse in the local fish supply.

Karl’s Tapas: Caballa Frita Rellena (Fried Stuffed Mackerel)

Karl’s Tapas
Caballa Frita Rellena
Fried Stuffed Mackerel

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Karl’s Tapas: Tomates Rellenos de Gambas y Jamón Serrano (Tomatoes Stuffed with Shrimp and Serano Ham)

I am making a Spanish tapas dinner for this Sunday. For many of the tapas I was making I at least tried to follow the recipes I was using. For this one, however, I decided that I did not like what I saw at all. Instead, I had ingredients that I had bought for other tapas and though, “Hey, this would go with that.” I am sure that somewhere in Spain they make something similar to this tapas, but I could not find it on-line.

Karl’s Tapas: Tomates Rellenos de Gambas y Jamón Serrano (Tomatoes Stuffed with Shrimp and Serano Ham)

Karl’s Tapas
Tomates Rellenos de Gambas y Jamón Serrano
Tomatoes Stuffed with Shrimp and Serano Ham

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Karl’s Tapas: Champiñones Rellenos de Cerdo y Piñones (Mushrooms Stuffed with Pork and Pine Nuts)

Adapted from a Penelope Casas recipe

I am making a Spanish tapas dinner for this Sunday. Jan picked this tapas out of one of my cookbooks. Although I did not follow the recipe, it had some techniques for the fillings that I found interesting.

Karl’s Tapas: Champiñones Rellenos de Cerdo y Piñones (Mushrooms Stuffed with Pork and Pine Nuts)

Karl’s Tapas Champiñones Rellenos de Cerdo y Piñones (Mushrooms Stuffed with Pork and Pine Nuts)

Karl’s Tapas
Champiñones Rellenos de Cerdo y Piñones
Mushrooms Stuffed with Pork and Pine Nuts

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Karl’s Tapas: Tortilla Española (Spanish Potato Omelette)

Adapted from a Mario Batali recipe

I am making a Spanish tapas dinner for this Sunday. Tortilla Española is a traditional Spanish tapas. In simple recipes, with only a few ingredients, technique can be all. It is important to precook the potatoes and onions before adding the eggs. With Jan’s dietary restrictions, I have reduced the amount of oil and eggs. This is a tapas that you may make ahead and serve cold.

Karl’s Tapas: Tortilla Española (Spanish Potato Omelette)

Karl’s Tapas
Tortilla Española
Spanish Potato Omelette

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Karl’s Tapas: Albóndigas de Cordero (Lamb Meatballs)

I am making a Spanish tapas dinner for this Sunday. I had left over lamb mixture from my stuffed pepper tapas. Meatballs are another form of tapas, and an easy solution to the problem of what to do with my excess. In Spain, they would usually be served with some kind of sauce on the side.

Karl’s Tapas Albóndigas de Cordero (Lamb Meatballs)

Karl’s Tapas
Albóndigas de Cordero
(Lamb Meatballs

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Karl’s Tapas: Gazpacho (Cold Tomato Soup)

I am making a Spanish tapas dinner for this Sunday. This whole meal started because Miriam wanted this cold tomato soup. Gazpacho may be served as a tapas. I made this gazpacho a bit simpler than my last, simply because was making so many other dishes. Jan thinks of this dish as salsa soup.

Karl’s Tapas Gazpacho (Cold Tomato Soup)

Karl’s Tapas
Gazpacho
Cold Tomato Soup

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Karl’s Tapas: Gambas al Ajillo (Shrimp Scampi)

Adapted from a Food and Wine recipe

I am making a Spanish tapas dinner for this Sunday. This is a simple tapas that you can serve with other tapas or alone with crusty bread. One of the problems with making tapas is the rush at the end to finishing cooking everything at once. You can set up this dish up early, ready to do the final cooking just before serving.

Karl’s Tapas Gambas al Ajillo (Shrimp Scampi)

Karl’s Tapas Gambas al Ajillo
Shrimp Scampi

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Karl’s Tapas: Chorizo Relleno de Pepino (Chorizo Stuffed Cucumber)

Adapted from a Orce Serrano Hams recipe

I am making a Spanish tapas dinner for this Sunday. This is a tasty and easy tapas. Stuff the sausage into the cucumber and slice it into rings just before serving.

Karl’s Tapas Chorizo Relleno de Pepino (Chorizo Stuffed Cucumber)

Karl’s Tapas
Chorizo Relleno de Pepino
Chorizo Stuffed Cucumber

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Karl’s Tapas: Garbanzos Picantes Asados (Roasted Spicy Chickpeas)

Adapted from an Eating Well recipe

I am making a Spanish tapas dinner for this Sunday. Knowing my family as I do, I knew that I needed one or two hors d’oeuvre tapas—that I could make well ahead—to keep them in check while I finished the other tapas. While some tapas have a fairly set ingredients list—like Tortilla Española—others allow for more creativity. Roasting chickpeas into crunchy “nuts” lends themselves to creative variations.

Karl’s Tapas: Garbanzos Picantes Asados (Roasted Spicy Chickpeas)

Karl’s Tapas
Garbanzos Picantes Asados
Roasted Spicy Chickpeas

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