From a cheese tray, here, the same setting is used as the backdrop for some tapas on the following evening of holiday entertaining. With guests arriving at different times for holiday dinners, it’s a good idea to have several appetizers out for everyone to munch on. Tapas are a great option for guests milling about because they can either be substantial enough to tide one’s hunger over, or simply whet one’s appetite for the meal ahead. The other night we put out a tray filled with olives, manchego and membrillo, angullas (baby eels), mussels escabeche style, roasted red peppers, jamon serrano, etc. A few minutes after these photos were taken, platters of gambas al ajillo and some snails were also added to the coffee table.
Toasted slices of french bread were also laid out alongside the tapas. I have always dreamed of hosting a dinner with only a huge selection of tapas and drinks… well, maybe a paella as well. We used to prepare fairly elaborate, multi-course meals for the holidays, but lately, we have opted for more casual entertaining, without sacrificing food quality and abundance. :)