Monday, October 28, 2013

Manchego & Membrillo Tapas

This is a truly authentic tapas recipe which you will find throughout Spain. It's simple, elegant and easy on the pocket book! Manchego cheese has a smooth, slightly tangy flavor and is available almost everywhere. Membrillo (quince in English) is a fruit with a delicate honey flavor and is sold as a paste. You can usually find it in the international foods section in the grocery store.
1 fresh baguette (long, narrow French loaf)
Olive oil-good quaility Spanish
Garlic powder
1 lb. Manchego cheese
1 package membrillo (quince) paste
Slice the baguette in to rounds 1/2 inch thick. Brush one side with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with garlic powder. Place the rounds on a cookie sheet and run under the broiler to LIGHTLY toast. Remove from oven and top with 1/4 inch wedges of Manchego and 1/8 inch wedges of membrillo paste (see photo). Serve with well chilled Barcelona Celler Blanco. This recipe makes a large plate of tapas and is a huge crowd-pleaser at parties.
About 60 calories per tapa

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