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Help! Tapas Menu Meltdown


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Help! Tapas Menu Meltdown

benmcd | Jun 24, 2009 08:02 AM

I have a tapas party coming up this weekend which has grown exponentially to now include nearly 30 people. I had originally planned on making paella as a main dish, but there is no way I can make it for that many people - too much work, too small a kitchen, and no outdoor space.

My sis is going to be helping out a bit by making a couple of dishes, but I need to know whether this following menu is enough or whether there are some things I should add.

I will obviously provide large portions of these, so people can pick at what they want, and we have several cases of cava (Catalan sparkling wine) and Italian soda, so no problem on the drinks.

I am trying to avoid dishes like gambas al ajillo or calamares a la romana which need to be prepared at the last minute before serving. I want to have the last hour before my guests arrive to shower and change and sit and enjoy my first drink quietly.

Anyway, at this point I am planning on doing the following:

- large bowl of mixed Spanish olives
- large bowl of marcona almonds
- large bowl of rosemary-olive oil potato chips
- large tray of pan con tomate (Spanish version of bruschetta) with Spanish ham on top
- large tray of pan con tomate (Spanish version of bruschetta) with Manchego cheese on top
- large tortilla de patatas (potato and onion frittata)
- large tortilla paisana (potato, bell pepper, and bacon frittata)
- large salad of spinach, pine nuts, raisins, and blood orange segments
- large tray of croquetas de verdura (vegetable croquettes)
- large tray of albondigas en salsa tomate (cocktail meatballs in spicy tomato sauce)
- large tray of chocolate-raspberry and chocolate-orange truffles
- large "coca" with candied fruits (Spanish shortbread)

I'm just not sure this is enough. I'd really appreciate your feedback. Thank you!

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