Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins
Tapas are unique in that they are not eaten at home but are found only in tascas, where they are available from before lunch to late at night. Unlike American bars, these lively, family-oriented establishments cater to a clientele that is more interested in eating than in drinking, and their arrays of edibles tempt many people to skip dinner altogether in favor of making a meal of these luscious snacks. The word tapa means “cover” or “lid”. There are two kinds of tapas: naturals, serves as is, such as olives, cheeses, oysters, ham, and sausages; and de cocina, usually cooked, which are served hot or cold. Offer tapas with wine or Sherry, or, in summer, with sangria, or some other cooling beverage.
- 1⁄2 lb mushroom
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1⁄2 dried hot red chili pepper, seeded and cut into 3 pieces
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
- 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed and strained lemon juice
- Trim off any tough ends of the mushroom stems. Wipe the mushrooms clean with dampened paper towels. If the mushrooms are large, halve or quarter them. Set aside.
- In a medium-sized heavy skillet or fire proof casserole heat 2 Tablespoons of the oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic and sauté, stirring, until barely golden; do not let it brown. Immediately remove the pan from the heat and stir in the flour until smooth. Return to the heat and cook, stirring, 1 to 2 minutes. Gradually stir in the broth. Add the chili pepper, 1 Tablespoon of the parsley, the lemon juice, and salt and cook, stirring, until the sauce is thick and smooth. Remove from the heat and set aside.
- In a medium sized, heavy skillet heat the remaining 1 Tablespoon oil over high heat. Add the mushrooms and sauté, stirring frequently, until they are lightly browned. Add the mushrooms to the sauce and simmer 5 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
- Transfer to a heated serving bowl. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 Tablespoon parsley and serve at once as a tapa. Makes 4 servings.
- The International Appetizer Cookbook.
So easy, and soooo good. A great introduction to Tapas for a first-timer.