Small Plates, Small Bites…
This month our Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club came together with a collection of “tapas style” appetizers to share with you…the timing is actually perfect since most of us are gearing up for the holiday season, which means entertaining and getting together with lots of family, friends and loved ones.
The whole idea behind having a tapas style gathering is to be able to enjoy small bites of different foods while enjoying the company you are with. It’s such a great way to sample different flavors and foods, and if you and your guests enjoy food like I do, then this is definitely a fun way to eat at a party!
My Virtual Supper Club friends Jamie, Shelby, Val and Helene came together with a fantastic menu of goodies…it doesn’t fail that each month as I type out our menu I wish that this “supper club” was actually real! This month’s idea is really inspiring to have a Tapas party of my own soon!
My appetizers turned out to actually be meals for my husband and I. We enjoyed the shrimp one night for dinner and I made the mini frittatas on Sunday morning for something different to have with our coffee. Both turned out delicious.
The mini frittatas were a hit. They were so light and delicious, it was hard to stop popping them in your mouth. These would be great for a brunch or a shower! And seriously, they couldn’t be easier to make. All the ingredients are combined into one mixing bowl and then spooned into a mini muffin pan. I filled mine up completely and got a few less than what I was supposed to, I think filling them 3/4 of the way would be perfect because they do puff up slightly while baking. You could really get creative with these too.
The shrimp dish is very salad-like with a very lightly seasoned oil and vinegar dressing/marinade. I would recommend splurging and purchasing good shrimp for this dish…the flavors in the marinade are very simple so it was all about the shrimp. I had some extra large shrimp in the freezer (leftover from my Pensacola trip) and we loved eating them this way. You can serve it in a nice bowl or a large dish with crusty bread on the side. It’s a great starter dish and could easily be served chilled or at room temperature. And a lot of the prep work can be done ahead of time, making it really convenient to serve at a party (or bring for a potluck!).