Monday, January 17, 2011

Tapas Table

We share a lot of amazing times in the kitchen here. I always say it's where we fell in love!  With Steve's ankle healing, and him spending less and less time with his leg propt up  on a pillow we set out to cook dinner together twice this weekend! I sure did miss my boy making a mess in the kitchen with me.  We love doing tapas nights at home because we get to make and taste as many different things as we feel! So after a relaxing Sunday with family, we decided it was definitely a tapas night.  While we were cooking, we decided to do a duel post as well. My husband can write, and illustrate with words, in a way that I could never do. He is concise and powerful, while I have  a tendency to ramble- our 'discussions' are quite a sight to behold, as we are both very passionate, however our deliveries are extremely different.  Below is Steve's go to list for an awesome night in- or in our kitchen, a 2 person party!  Check him out at his blog!!!

There are those that would have you believe that it’s a show, that all of this glitter couldn’t possibly be gold, that ordinary people don’t create extraordinary cuisine. Those people would be wrong, as I can attest to the fact that my wife is truly gifted in the kitchen and that I am privileged to tag along.

Following my ramble she’s going to talk about our “Tapas dinner” and how it all came together.

I like to break things down into the simplest of forms, so here’s 6 things you might consider for making a memorable 2 person party.

King Family Vineyards Merlot

1. A candle
2. A small quaint table
3. 1 plate to share
4. 1 plate to serve
5. An imagination enhanced by the power of a “Google” search.
6. Death Cab for Cutie singing I’ll follow you into the dark”.


Fried Goat Cheese
Cut goat cheese in to 3/4 inch think slices.
Dip in 1% milk and dredge in bread crumbs.
Dip back in milk, and return to bread crumbs.
Place in a pan with Canola oil- at Med heat.
Cook for roughly 10 seconds on each side- until golden crispy!

Garlic Shrimp on the Grill
Place shrimp in a cast iron pan with olive oil, minced garlic ( 4 cloves) and finely diced white onion (1/2 onion)  and place pan on the grill. Cook until shrip are pink! Enjoy!
 Mussels with Chickpeas
We started with roughly 10 mussels. Place 2 Tbsp olive oil, 1/4 cup diced onion, 2 cloves garlic, 1 diced roasted red pepper, and 7 cherry tomatoes on medium heat and saute.  Add Chickpeas (1/4 cup), seafod stock (1/2 cup) and sherry- roughly 2 tsp to the mixture.  Stir in mussels and cook until mussels are open. Serve with crusty bread!

 Fish bites with  Warmed Tortillas
Grill a mahi mahi filet (seasoned lightly with salt, pepper, and fresh lemon juice).
Cut into bite size pieces and serve with warm tortillas.
Steve garnished with balsamic glaze and hot peppers!

 Grab a seat, and dig in!
Be sure to hang out for a while- and put on a sweet soundtrack to your life!

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