It is Friday and I'm wondering what I'll make for dinner tonight. Tapas are always a hit at my house. Several small plates of Mediterranean goodies and a nice bottle of Albarino will hit the spot. I photographed these tapas dishes for a cookbook several years ago - and keep them around for inspiration. The shrimp is easy - just peeled shrimp sauteed with butter, garlic, red chile pepper flakes and chopped green onion.

Serrano Ham, manchego cheese, crusty bread,
roasted red peppers, olives, ajillo mushrooms, capers and marcona almonds sprinkled with paprika
keep it light and make for a quick easy meal.

Albarino is the most popular white wine in Spain. Grown in the Rias Baizas region, it is an elegant, crisp, dry and aromatic wine. One of my favorites is Martin Codax. An inexpensive vintage that lends itself well to seafood.

Finish with Oloroso Sherry and toasted almonds and maybe a few figs with goat cheese and raspberries.

Photography by: Ryannan Bryer de Hickman Design and Layout by: Deborah Villa
Copyright: Sotto Il Monte Vineyards
Chefs is a publication of The Santa Fe New Mexican


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