Two Easy Tapas Recipes by Patty Ryan

by Patty Ryan posted on 8 October 2014

Many of you know I’m no cook. I really admire people who can look at a recipe but make it their own way.  In my home country, I was the dinner delivery  queen. We could eat from any country in the world, any night. Here, in Madrid, that service is limited to pizzas. I have learned to do more than boil water. Hit or miss, I have cooked for my family more in the last four years, than I did in the previous decade. I find myself always looking for new recipes. Lately, having middle school aged children,  I enjoy having some easier recipes in my portfolio that they can help prepare. These two are something they can prepare for their afternoon snack or when we’re getting ready for a party. I’m sure you have much more complex recipes to share, and I hope this easy one will encourage everyone to share their favourites, regardless of the complexity level.  Don’t worry about measurement  conversions. We can make those adjustments on our own. If everyone shares at least one recipe, we would have over 200 to choose from.  Please won’t you share your recipes?

Blue cheese, Mint and Dried Apricots Appetizer

Portions are based on how many people you are serving.

Ingredients:

Wedge of cold blue cheese. Easier to manipulate onto the apricot if it’s cold. If warmer, it may crumble.

Container of dried apricots

Sprigs of Mint. Washed and dried. If the leaves are larger than your apricots, you may want to trim or cut in half. Whatever looks best to you.  In Madrid, sometimes mint can be hard to find.  You can substitute with spearmint.

Box of toothpicks

Lay out your apricots on your serving plate. Place a mint leaf on top of each apricot. Cut proportional sizes of blue cheese and place on top of mint leaf. Center toothpicks on each stack and serve.

 

Watermelon, Feta Cheese and Mint Apptizer

Portions are based on how many people you are serving.

Watermelon, cut into bite size pieces.

Feta cheese. Cut into pieces slightly smaller than your watermelon pieces. This is a firm Greek cheese. You can find it in most grocery stores. You want it to be cold. When it warms up it may crumble.

Sprigs of mint. Washed and dried. If the leaves are larger than your watermelon,  you may want to trim or cut in half. Whatever looks best to you.  In Madrid, sometimes mint can be hard to find. You can substitute with spearmint.

Box of toothpicks.

Lay out the watermelon on your serving plate. Place a mint leaf on top of each. Cut proportional sizes of feta cheese and place on top of mint leaf. Center toothpicks on each stack and serve.

ENJOY!!