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Easy Skewers

Easy tapa recipes - skewersBites impaled on a stick are the most ubiquitous and beloved kind of tapa. They are called banderillas, after the colorful darts employed in bullfighting. Skewers of briny, appetite-stimulating things are ideal companions to aperitivos and can be put together in minutes at home. Keep in mind that these tapas should be rather small, to be eaten all in one bite. Use the ideas below, or experiment at your whim.

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• A quartered artichoke heart, a cube of Roncal or Manchego cheese and a cherry tomato
• A chunk of canned tuna sandwiched between pieces of a small pickled cucumber
• A cube of hard salami or chorizo, a pickled pearl onion and a chunk of red bell pepper
• A hard-cooked egg quarter dabbed with mayonnaise, a poached shrimp and a rolled-up anchovy
• A chunk of poached salmon, a piquillo pepper, and a cornichon
• A chunk of roasted green pepper, a rolled-up boqueròn (white anchovy), a cube of potato and a pimiento-stuffed olive
• A cube of aged Manchego cheese, a cube of membrillo (quince paste) and a chunk of endive or radicchio
• A cube of honeydew melon and a rolled slice of serrano ham

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Source: Recipes © 2005 from The New Spanish Table by Anya von Bremzen. Featuring over 300 unique recipes, The New Spanish Table protrays the food and culture of Spain at its most vibrant. The perfect pairing for delicious Spanish wines! (Workman Publishing Co. Inc.)


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