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A Trio of Tapas for Dinner

June 15, 2010 by Joan Nova in Appetizers, Small Meals with BIG FLAVORS, Spanish/Tapas | 21 Comments

Warning: This post contains “food porn” and may cause hunger pangs.

I felt like something different for dinner. I wasn’t  in the mood for a traditional composed dinner plate or a bowl of anything, so I made a trio of tapas. I’ve certainly had tapas for dinner before (most notably and most enjoyably in Spain :)).

Whether you call it tapas, appetizers, antipasto or mezze, “grazing” is a popular way to dine. It’s fun to share food, it cuts down on high restaurant costs, you get to taste a variety of dishes — and it conjures up a party ambience. I  just never set out to do it as ‘dinner for one’.

There’s no earth-shaking recipes here, just a few tasty suggestions that are so simple. And the bonus is I have some nice eggplant, broccoli rabe and roasted peppers for my next few meals.

The base for each was sliced and toasted artisanal bread (rustic whole wheat). I brushed each slice with olive oil, rubbed with raw garlic and sprinkled salt before topping.

White Bean + Broccoli Rabe

Cooked broccoli rabe in chicken broth, drained. Pureed white beans with a drizzle of olive oil, garlic and s+p.


Fried thin slices of eggplant, layered with fresh mozzarella, topped with grape tomato.

Manchego Cheese Brought manchego to room temp, sliced and topped with roasted mini sweet peppers, anchovies and a fresh green olive.

Finishing Touch: Drizzle of olive oil and fresh grating of black pepper. Pour the wine if you’re not already sipping it. :)

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  1. Robin Sue says:

    These look delish Joan. The one with the beans and broccoli would be my favorite, I love that combination. Good luck with your submission to TS or FG.

  2. I couldn’t resist any of these Joan. I made my own version of tapas yesterday. I think it is the perfect way to graze for us single gals.PS I doublechecked before I hit submit:D

  3. Love the manchego cheese with red peppers…yummy!

  4. Joan, you were so right-on about the food porn, girl! Amazing feast for bloggers’ eyes and for your tummy! Yummmmmmmm.

  5. Liz says:

    All look so good. Tough to pick just one!

  6. norma says:

    What a treat. My favorite is the white bean.

  7. Yum! Those are all looking so scrumptious! I would love to try the bean & broccoli rabe one!

  8. Lidia Lipstick says:

    I may come to Florida this summer just to eat your food.

    I am going with Rita to La Fonda Del Sol in the Metlife Bldg. on Friday night for Tapas. I’ll see if they have an opening for a chef!!!

  9. Dorothy says:

    I could eat all three of them right now, and I just had breakfast. They all look delicious.

  10. Yes, this is everything I love. Manchego cheese is certainly a favorite I often forget about, and after looking at these glorious, easy yet amazing tapas offerings, why do people go to slop-throughs for dinner?

  11. Tapas for one is the best way to eat…I like the variety. My fave here today is def the manchego with peppers and anchovy! Mmmmm…great combo Joan!

  12. Were you eating alone? I cannot imagine hubby and son satisfied with this. I WOULD BE. You are right – food porn incredible. Triple yum.

  13. peter says:

    A nice array of apps/tapas to get the evening going and help soak-up the wine. I’m ready for the main course!

  14. zenchef says:

    what i want to know is at what time is dinner and at what time can i pop in?
    Tapas are one of my favorite type of food and yours look perfect!

  15. Ohh adore these tapas and your warning didn’t take effect – I’m hungry tummy is faster than my eyes :)



  16. Katie says:

    Food porn, indeed! I love a meal like this!

  17. That Manchego and sweet pepper topping has me…by the throat. Yum

  18. Brad says:

    Yes you did make me very hungry!

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