Thursday, June 7, 2012

Spanish Tapas Dinner Party

Dinner parties!!  They're so much fun!  I love to gather all my current favorite recipes and newly acquired skills and put them to good use!  Last year, Tim and I had just taken a bar-tending class so we made drinks from scratch.  This year, we recently took a Spanish Tapas cooking class at Hipcooks as part of our year full of dates!

The class was SO much fun!  If they weren't so pricey, we'd be taking them a lot more!  I snagged a Groupon deal for this class for half off! 
This must be why Tim calls me a messy cook!
So we made the olives, nuts, and hummus as appetizers for our dinner party!!  They were all so simple but looks so amazing in their serving dishes!  And, I made most of it days in advance!

Marinated Olives:  All I did was combine some queens, kalamatas, and regular green olives with some minced garlic, a touch of olive oil, chopped parsley, and lemon rinds.  Then they sat in the fridge for days to absorb the flavor.













Candied Nuts: I just picked up a bag of unsalted mixed nuts from the store, and simple sauteed them with brown sugar, vegan butter, more parsley and a touch of salt and hot sauce.  After they cooled in a single layer in the freezer, I broke them apart and stored them in a air tight container until the party!













Spanish Hummus: All you do here is use your food processor to smooth a can of chickpeas, a clove of garlic, the juice of one lemon, sea salt, parsley, and about a tablespoon of ground cumin!  Sooo yummy!  Sprinkle paprika on the top to serve!

I learned in class that Mediterranean hummus is so tangy because of the tahini sauce that's added, while Spanish hummus doesn't contain that.  I'm so glad I learned that, because it's the tahini that I don't like in hummus! 

The best part of the night, however, were the cupcakes.  Oh. My. Goodness.  I made Chef Chloe's Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes recipe, the first one to win the Cupcake Wars for her, and omg people- these are the best cupcakes in the world!
My dad actually ate three at dinner, while almost everyone else had two.  And then I had another later...and made a second batch in the morning...you know, because I had so much leftover frosting, I needed to!



And because I seem to never be able to post a blog with fewer than 1000 pictures, here are a few more from the party!





Here's that fun new chalkboard, being useful as a menu board!

Have any of you made any fun recipes lately?

4 comments:

  1. So classy! We aren't really dinner party people, but this makes me want to be!

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  2. Everything was delicious and pretty. Thanks for the great evening.

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  3. It was all wonderful! We really enjoyed it! Thanks for having us!

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  4. I love the chalkboard idea! The cupcakes look so good. You have amazing ideas!!

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