Spanish Wine Dinner

Spanish Wine Dinner

Spanish Wine Dinner*

This menu captures the Spaniards’ love of food and the diversity of their ingredients, such as olives, figs, Manchego cheese, fresh vegetables and seafood. The meal begins with tapas of piquant Spanish olives, crostini topped with sweet fig jam and shaved Manchego cheese, potato omelet, and crispy deep-fried calamari. Traditionally, these “small plates” help carry over the Spanish until their typical dinner hour at 10 or 11 in the evening. In this menu, the small plates play the role of appetizers to stimulate the palette before the meal. Vodka-laced gazpacho is followed by the Spanish signature dish—Paella a la Valenciana. The huge pan of rice, brimming with shellfish, sausage, chicken and colorful peppers, steals the show. It is difficult to finish off this meal with only one dessert. The velvety flan is prepared ahead of time by the host. The rich hazelnut torta, prepared by the guests, is served with whipped cream and a tart raspberry coulis. You can use the suggested wines, or seek out alternatives at your favorite wine store. Use bold, red napkins to capture the essence of the Spanish table!

APPETIZERS (TAPAS)
Mixed Marinated Spanish Olives
Crostini with Fig Jam and Shaved Manchego Cheese
Tortilla Española
Calamari Fritti with Spanish Tomato Sauce

SOUP
Vodka-Laced Gazpacho

ENTRÉE
Paella a la Valenciana with Crusty Bread

DESSERT
Mini Flan
Hazelnut Chocolate Torta with Whipped Cream

*Illustrations by Traci O’Very Covey