TOMATO & CHEESE SNACKS

Here you are another super easy recipe to prepare any day during the year.
             Ingredients:
                   – 2 tomatos, sliced
                   – Cheese, any kind, sliced
                   – Olive oil
                   – Salt
                   – Spices
Cut as many tomatos as you want, depending on how many people you are, in slices and place them in a plate. Add the olive oil, salt and spices, we recommend you to use basil, parsley or oregano. Then put the slices of cheese on the tomato, you can cut the cheese as you like but not too thick.

snacks de jamón

TIPS: You can add the olive oil and spices over the cheese, all depends on your taste and which kind of             cheese you are using.
       – You can also use tofu.
Enjoy it!! Español
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SERRANO HAM SNACKS

Serrano ham can be eaten in any way: in a sandwich, toast… but here, we present you the way to have really nice snacks for any moment. You’ll see the recipe is really easy.
             Ingredients:
                   – A loaf of bread
                   – Serrano ham
                   – Olive oil
                   – Salt
                   – Tomato (optional)
                   – Parsley
Cut the loaf of bread in slices and toast them. Place them in a plate, pour some olive oil and add salt to taste. You can, either, cut the tomato in slices and add them to the toasts or give the toasts a rub with it, so they will have the tomato taste. Sprinkle the parsley over the toasts and add the ham on.

snacks de jamón

TIPS: Instead of ham, you can also use sardines.
Enjoy it! Español

 

SERRANO HAM TOASTS & MORSEL

A nice idea to be prepared in a jiffy for those days you just don’t feel like cooking but want to prepare something different and original.
             Ingredients:
                   – 2 sandwich bread slices (per person)
                   – Serrano ham
                   – Sliced tomato
                   – Diced cheese (the one you like most)
                   – Slices of turkey breast (or any other cold cuts)
                   – Sliced carrots
                   – Anchovies
                   – Olive oil
                   – Garlic
                   – Salt (optional)
Toast the bread, although it’s not necessary, give the bread slices a rub with the garlic, pour some olive oil and add the salt. Then put some tomato slices and the serrano ham.
For the morsel, just alternate all ingredients in any order: cheese, tomato, carrot, cold cuts and at the end an anchovy, if you like them. Add as many sequences as you like.
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TIPS: – You can add many other ingredients, those you like most, here we present you just some ideas.
Enjoy it!! Español

PRAWNS WITH GARLIC

If you want to surprise your guests or family any day with a spectacular appetizer, dare to cook this prawns with garlic! It is easier than it seems.
             Ingredients:
                   – 250 gr prawns
                   – 3 laminated cloves of garlic
                   – Salt
                   – Parsley
                   – Chili pepper
                   – Half glass or less white wine
                   – A glass olive oil
Put the oil in a pot, when it’s hot add the garlic and chili pepper. Once the garlic is gold (take care it doesn’t get burnt), add the prawns and the white wine, be careful when adding them because the oil can be too hot and spitting. Season with salt to taste and in few minutes the prawns will be cooked.
Serve them in a bowl or a small soup plate, or one made of ceramics will be much more beautiful, dust the dish with some parsley to give more taste.

gambas al ajillo - prawns with garlic

TIPS: – If you buy the prawns in a fish market or boiled, peel them before cooking; if you are going to            use frozen prawns just add them to the pot.
       – If you don’t have parsey, use coriander or chives.
       – We recommend you to use dry chili pepper instead of powdered.
Enjoy it!! Español

GUACAMOLE, TUNA FILLETS & MUSTARD

Tapas can be prepared with any ingredient, any savour… you want to. Try to be as imaginative as possible to get a tasteful and innovative dish each time. The most you try, the best your dishes will be.
In this tapa, we mix 3 ingredients: guacamole, tuna and mustard. A strange combination with a spectacular result.
             Ingredients:
                   – Toast bread, 1 slice per person
                   – Guacamole
                   – Tuna fish
                   – Mustard
We have to marinate the tuna fillets with some olive oil, salt, pepper (optional), rosemary and thyme, at least 2 hours beforehand. Grill the fillets.
Toast the bread and spread guacamole over them, then place the tuna fillets along-cut and add the mustard. That’s all!!
Strange and spectacular!

Strange and spectacular!

TIPS: – If the mustard has a honey touch, it’s much better.
        – You can also use avocados instead of guacamole.
        – Parsley is also suitable instead of rosemary and thyme.
        – If you don’t find tuna fillets, try to use swordfish.
Enjoy your meal!!                                                                                                                                                                                                             Español

SPICY CLAMS OR WITH TOMATO SAUCE

This is not an easy dish, however I want to share it with you as it is an excellent starter. It takes you a lot more time to cook it but we all deserve such a delicacy.
        Ingredients (4 people):
             – 2 kg of clams
             – Half glass of water
             – 1 bay leaf
             – 2 minced onions
             – 2 minced garlic cloves
             – 2 soup spoons of flour
             – 1 glass of white wine (not sweet)
             – (Minced) Parsley
             – Salt
             – Olive oil
1.- Clean the clams with cold water, place them in a big bowl with water and cooking salt. Keep them so for 4-8 hours and change the water if there’s much sand in it. That’s normal and means the clams are fresh and alive.
2.- Boil the half glass of water, then add the bay leaf and the clams. If you’re boiling the water in high heat, put it down a little. After 3-5 minutes, the clams will be opened by the steam, place them on a plate, because if we leave the clams in the boiled water, they will keep on cooking and we don’t want it. Don’t throw the water away.
3.- Take a pan to cook the sauté with the onion, garlic, olive oil and salt. (At this point, you can add the cayenne). Afterwards, add the flour and stir well to not allow it to stick. (At this point, you can add the tomato sauce and paprika). When the previous mixture is thick (looks like a béchamel), add the wine and put the heat high to let the alcohol evaporate, then down the heat to medium and add the water we have kept before. Put the heat up again to boil everything, down the heat and let the flavours get mixed well.
4.- When the sauce is ready, add the clams and put a lid on. Let it cook for few minutes so that the clams get the great flavour of our sauce.
Clams with tomato sauce, just exquisite!!

Clams with tomato sauce, just exquisite!!

TIPS: You can also add some tomato sauce (if it’s home-made, much better), cayenne pepper to give a spice taste and parika. I added the right moment to add each ingredient in the explanation.
Enjoy your meal!!                                                                                                                                                                                                             Español

SALMOREJO, MEDALLIONS & QUAIL EGGS

Here you are a great tapa to be served as a starter or main course. It’s very chic and original to surprise everyone at home. The incovenients are: we should prepare the meat some hours before and the eggs have to be cooked at the moment.
            Ingredients:
                     – Toast bread, 1 slice per person
                     – Salmorejo
                     –  Pork medallions
                     – Quail eggs
                     – Barbacue sauce or similar (HP, Jack Daniel’s…)
First of all, we have to season the meat with olive oil, salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme (try to do it at least 2 hours before cooking) and then, we will grill it at the guest’s taste. Sometimes, it’s  better to sear the meat and afterwards, when preparing the tapa, cooking it.
Toast some bread slices and spread salmorejo all over them. Then place the medallions, 2 are enough per tapa, it depends on how big they are. Instead of frying the eggs, griddle them. After all this, pour a little barbacue sauce over tha tapa.
salmorejo, solomillo y huevos de codorniz

Exquisite!!

TIPS:  – If you don’t have any salmorejo prepared, you can rub some tomatoes on the bread.
         – There’s no need to use any barbacue, HP sauce… but that smoked taste will give the tapa a                 special touch.
Enjoy your meal!!                                                                                                                                                                                                             Español

TUNA PIE

Tuna pie is a very nice recipe which will delight you and any of your guests. You will need a few ingredients but then the oven will do all the work!! The recipe is for at least 3 or 4 people.
                Ingredients:
                     – 2 or 3 eggs
                     – Tomato sauce (3 to 5 soup spoons, to taste)
                     – 2 or 3 tuna cans
                      – 3 to 5 slices of bread (to taste)
                      – 350 to 500 ml evaporated milk
                      – Salt, to taste
                      – Pepper, to taste
                      – Nutmeg, to taste
Preheat the oven 180º.
Blend all ingredients well and place the mixture in a loaf tin, grease it before or use baking paper so the pie won’t stick. Let it bake for 35-45 minutes but take a look from time to time and test it with a knife.
Simply tasty!!

Simply tasty!!

TIPS:  – serve it cold with some mayonnaise.
         – all measures are to taste, if you see the mixture is a little bit thick, add some more milk; if it
            is a little bit liquid, add some more bread.
         – if you cannot find evaporated milk, try to use normal milk or cream.
Enjoy your meal!!                                                                                                                                                                                                             Español

CARPACCIO, ENDIVES & ANCHOVIES

The summer hasn’t gone yet, so we still have some time to taste nice cold dishes prepared in a jiffy.
Here you are a perfect combination of several savours: meat, mustard, endives, tomatoes, anchovies, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sweet and salty.
                   – Cut the endives and dice the tomatoes, use them as a base. Add the anchovies, or any
                     other fish as tuna or mackerel. Pour some olive oil and balsamic vinegar to taste.
                   – Roll each carpaccio loaf, or present it as you like, then pour the mustard that you
                     always find in the packet all over.
And ready to enjoy!!!
carpaccio y cogollos

Amazing!!

Tips:  – There’s no need to add salt as the anchovies are salted, but if you used other fishes, don’t
          forget it!
        – Instead of mustard you can use any other sauce, the one you like most.
        – The Spanish Chef also added some mackerels on the top.
Enjoy your meal!!                                                                                                                                                                                                             Español

TOMATO SALAD

Salads are great and sometimes we can add many different ingredients to get a tasty and colourful one. They are very easy to prepare, and here you are the easiest one.
This salad has only 2 main ingredients plus the dressing, so you won’t spend much time peeling and adding a lot of things.
                  Ingredients:
                              – Tomatoes (2 are ok, but it always depends on how big they are and how many
                                 you are)
                              – Onion
                              – Olive oil
                              – Salt
                              – Spice (Recommended basil, but oregano or parsley are also fine)
You can peel the tomates if you are used to, add onion to taste (if you don’t like it too much, just add a little). Be generous with the olive oil, add salt and the spice or spices you like most.
The result is an easy, very tasty and fresh salad for those hot days in summer in which you don’t feel like cooking anything. It can be a great starter to share or a side dish for any course.

The best is that, at the end, you will have the tomato’s juice mixed with the olive oil and basil, so you can dunk some bread and enjoy it a lot more!!
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Simple, fresh and tasty tomato salad!

Enjoy your meal!!                                                                                                                                                                                                             Español