Spanish Tapas and a Blog Anniversary Giveaway

“Oh, you are doing a blog… like in that Julie/Julia movie?”

“No, not exactly… but yeah, sort of.”

On September 12, 2010 my husband and I landed in Rome, ready to start a two week tour through the Italian capital, Tuscany, Bordeaux, and Paris. One of the ways we prepared for this trip was to download applications to our smart phones that would let our families and friends catch up with what we were doing on an almost real-time basis. After testing a couple of free apps, we liked the (Pic)Posterous platform and used it to load pictures at the end of each day. While Eduardo captured the piazzas, museums, churches, and vineyards, my iPhone’s folder filled with notes and pictures of the foods we ate and those that caught our eye but were too stuffed to try.

Notes taken with the iPhone for almost every meal

My Facebook friends were already used to seeing pictures of meals I was especially proud of pop up in my account. After coming back from Europe, it seemed natural to keep posting these food pictures in the Posterous site. Since these were already in a blog format, writing a bit about the dish wasn’t that big of a deal. Food blogging communities? I excitedly signed up for all of them the same day.

Four Foodbuzz Top 9 entries, 27 wonderful weeks of French Fridays with Dorie, and over 10,000 hits later I feel there is much to celebrate… that’s why I am hosting my first giveaway!  For a chance to win an gift card worth $25.00, do one (or all) of the following:

  •  Leave a comment on this post. What are your favorite tapas, appetizers, or small plate nibbles?
  •  Subscribe to the blog using the RSS/e-mail subscription links to the right of this post and leave a comment to let me know.
  • Follow me on Twitter @GreatFood360 and leave a comment including your Twitter user name.
  •  Retweet “Spanish Tapas and an $25.00 giveaway for @GreatFood360 blog anniversary!” and leave a comment including your Twitter user name.

Entries will be received until 11:59pm EST on Friday, September 16th!  The winner will be selected through a random number generator based on  the comment number and announced on Sunday, September 18.

** The gift card will be purchased in the US-based website, but the giveaway is open to everyone!

This weekend we gathered once again in the house with our neighbors and their little girls for a Spain themed meal of tapas and paella.  I made a fresh batch of slow roasted tomatoes for pan con tomate, chorizos al vino (sautéed chorizo sausages and onions in red wine), and the quintessential tortilla de patatas (potato and onion omelet).  One of the couples brought batches of lovely white and red wine sangrias, and my friend Rebeca put to use our cake decorating training and brought decadent Boston cream pie inspired cupcakes, complete with a fondant butterfly on top.

Grab a wineglass, and join us for some tapas!

Chorizos al Vino

  • 4 large Spanish chorizo links (the dry cured sausage, not the fresh Mexican style)
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1-2 cups inexpensive dry Spanish red wine
  • Olive oil

Slice the chorizo in 1/4″ to 1/2″ rounds.  In a skillet over medium heat, warm up 1 tablespoon of olive oil.  Sautee the onions until soft, for about four minutes.  Add the chorizo slices to the pan, and cook for about five minutes, until they begin rendering some of the fat.  Add the red wine, and allow to simmer until reduced by about 50%.  Serve with crusty bread to sop up the resulting wine/chorizo fat sauce.

Tortilla de Patatas
(yields six 4-inch tarts)

  • 3 Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 10 large eggs
  • 1 small onion
  • Butter and olive oil

Preheat the oven to 350F.  Slice the potatoes with a mandolin into thin coins or chips.   In a large saucepan, add the potatoes and cover with enough water, seasoned with salt.  Bring the potatoes to a boil; reduce the heat and simmer for three minutes.  Drain the potatoes and set aside.  While the potatoes boil, finely chop the onion and sauté in about a tablespoon of olive oil for three to five minutes until soft.

Butter the individual or single large tart pans and assemble on top of a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.  Layer the potatoes and the onions in each pan, up to four potatoes per stack.  Break the eggs, season them with salt and white pepper, and beat them lightly.  Slowly ladle the beaten eggs into each tart shell, waiting for a few seconds before adding the more .  Don’t stress too much if it spills – add enough eggs until almost reaching the top of the pan.   Transfer the cookie sheet to the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the eggs set.

I’m looking forward to your comments!   What are your favorite tapas, appetizers, or small plates?

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Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

69 Responses to “Spanish Tapas and a Blog Anniversary Giveaway”

  1. September 12, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

    Great post. I have a lot of favorites. Happy Blog Anniversary!

  2. September 12, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    Happy Blog-o-versary! I love tapas and since I lived in Italy for 3 years….Bruschetta is my favorite!

  3. September 12, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    Following you on twitter!

  4. amy marantino
    September 13, 2011 at 3:20 am #

    i like mini pizzas

  5. September 13, 2011 at 5:03 am #

    I don’t know if your giveaway is worldwide, but I answer your question anyway.
    The tapas I prefer is without any doubt tortilla de patatas… I love it and I make it sometimes (but not too often, ’cause it’s sooo good)!

  6. September 13, 2011 at 5:10 am #

    I subscribed your RSS

  7. September 13, 2011 at 5:11 am #

    I already follow you on Twitter (@alterkitchen)

  8. September 13, 2011 at 5:12 am #

    I retweeted your tweet (@alterkitchen)

  9. September 13, 2011 at 6:35 am #

    Happy blog anniversary! All of the tapas sound amazing – might have to try them all =)

  10. September 13, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    Congratulations on your anniversary! You certainly have a lot to celebrate, as your blog is fabulous. Also, bravo on these techie applications on holiday. I admire you: it takes me forever to work out all that stuff. Great giveaway. I have subscribed to your site but I’m afraid I’m not on twitter (does it count, though, if I’m just a twit?)
    For the tapas, I love all the oily veg such as sun-dried tomatoes and aubergines with smoked mozzarella.

  11. September 13, 2011 at 8:43 am #

    Happy Blog Anniversary!!! I love tapas so the ease and the ability to eat a variety of foods (but never in large quantities). My favorite tapas item has to be empanadas.

  12. September 13, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    I am subscribed to you by e-mail 🙂 I am so glad to have found your blog

  13. Frances
    September 13, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    Felicidades!!! Eres excelente cocinera, de eso puedo dar fe! Mucho exito!!

  14. September 13, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    I’m definitely in for the chorizos al vino! any kind of pincho, gambas al ajillo, and callos!

    You’ve done much to be proud of — congratulations!


  15. aubreylaine
    September 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    Bruschetta is my fave appetizer!
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  16. aubreylaine
    September 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    i follow you via twitter as aubreyfick
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  17. September 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    Congratulations on your anniversary…and such a lovely, successful blog!

    My favorite nibbles usually involve baked brie 🙂

  18. September 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    I follow you on Twitter~

  19. September 13, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    I will tweet your giveaway (thatskinnychickcanbake)~

  20. September 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

    I followed you on twitter @southerncharm__

  21. September 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    I subscribed to your blog 🙂

  22. susitravl
    September 13, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    I like chicken wings – spicy, lime, bbq, buffalo – any way is OK with me.

  23. September 13, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

    Congratulations on your blog anniversary! Bruschetta is my favorite!

  24. September 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

    The best tapas I ever had was in Boston over the Fourth of July and it was grilled swordfish with red grapes!

  25. September 13, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    I am following you on Twitter (@rachelkyle0402)

  26. September 13, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    I tweeted the giveaway (@rachelkyle0402)

  27. September 13, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

    Thank you very much for offering such a generous giveaway! As for my favorite appetizer… give me a bowl of salty chips with fresh guacamole (extra chunky) and I’m a happy girl. 🙂

  28. September 13, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

    I subscribe via email

  29. September 13, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

    I follow you on Twitter via @normawatson

  30. September 13, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    The chorizo al vino looks absolutely delicious! I’m following you on Twitter!

  31. September 14, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    My favorite tapas is mini-empanadas! Congrats on reaching one year, this is no mean feat.

  32. September 14, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    Easy – Gambas al ajillo and patatas bravas. I’d tried making my final meat hiatus post this – but it mostly went south. The garlic sauce was great, though…

  33. September 14, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    Tapas are all the rage these days. Both of the ones you posted would be difficult to pass up-simply delicious. Happy blogoversary!

  34. September 14, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    following on twitter @theculinarylens

  35. September 14, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    I enjoy patatas bravas… or any tapas made with potatoes for that matter

  36. September 14, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    I retweeted you ( @ Epicureandream)

  37. Deb
    September 14, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    Favorite tapas: anything with mushrooms!

  38. September 15, 2011 at 12:17 am #

    I lived in Spain for 5 months and I miss all the tapas I used to eat late at night at the bars and restaurants. My favorite is DEFINITELY tortilla de patatas…but I loved eating churros con chocolate and also green olives.

  39. Dee
    September 15, 2011 at 3:23 am #

    My favorite tapas are empanadas and anything that involves spicy dips! 🙂

  40. Dee
    September 15, 2011 at 3:24 am #

    I follow greatfood360 at deegee13

  41. Dee
    September 15, 2011 at 3:24 am #

    I subscribe via rss. Thanks! 🙂

  42. Dee
    September 15, 2011 at 3:25 am #


  43. Yarisi
    September 16, 2011 at 6:22 am #

    Hi Adriana, you know that I am your fan! I really like your blog and I’ve tried some of your recepies and my husband always end very amazed with the results :). And I will never forget that you actually introduced me to “la arrocera” (rice cooker) my best friend ever!! Happy Anniversary!!!!

  44. Luis Cuñi
    September 16, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    My favorite is the herb vinagrette!!!

  45. Margaret
    September 16, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    Congrats on your Blogiverary!! Hope you stay at it. I enjoy reading it. Iguess samosas or mini Cajun meat pies would be my fav

  46. Margaret
    September 16, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    I follow on twitter as Scones4me.

  47. Margaret
    September 16, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    I retweeted thus decreasing my chances of winning. Scones4me

  48. September 16, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    Happy Blog Anniversary! My favorite tapas are any of them with onions! Spanish cooking and the ways they use onions are fantastic!

  49. September 16, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    You had me at TAPAS! Can’t choose… I love them all!!! Meatballs, empanadas, olives, sangria, sangria, SANGRIA! Happy Blogoversary!

  50. Deanna G.
    September 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    Oooh, I love eggrolls! 🙂

  51. Deanna G.
    September 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    I subscribe via RSS w/Google Reader.

  52. Deanna G.
    September 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    I follow you on Twitter as @calidreamin87.

  53. Deanna G.
    September 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm #


  54. September 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    Happy blogaversary. We love love love tortilla espanola. Yummmy!

  55. September 16, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    I love anything on a stick! Or that is amuse buche sized for a tapa! … too many to choose from to have a fave, but they are usually all delicious and SO pretty!!

  56. Wilfredo Rodriguez
    September 16, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    I’m going to try the chorizo.!!! Let’s see what happen!!!!

  57. September 16, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    Happy Blogaversary, Adriana! I am SO hungry reading this post. Your food looks fabulous! I don’t think there is a tapa out there that I don’t like. I like little tortillias, sopes, and empanadas probably the most. Okay, I am ready for a visit to Tapa the World (a restaurant here in town). 🙂

    P.S. Your trip sounds like it was amazing and I think it is so neat that you kept in touch with your loved ones the entire time. Plus, you have a food and travel journal right there on your phone! Perfect!

  58. Liz M.
    September 16, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

    I love bruschetta, sliders, stuffed mushrooms and coconut shrimp!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  59. Liz M.
    September 16, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

    I follow you on Twitter! @FakeGradSchool

  60. Liz M.
    September 16, 2011 at 11:28 pm #

    I tweeted!!/FakeGradSchool/status/114902602801623040

  61. Liz M.
    September 16, 2011 at 11:29 pm #

    I subscribed to your RSS feed!

  62. Teresa
    September 16, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

    Congratulations on a year of blogging! I always enjoy your posts, Adriana. I’m so glad you joined the French Fridays crowd.

  63. September 17, 2011 at 5:46 am #

    We’re closing the comments that qualify for the giveaway here. There are 65 entries in total. I’ll be back on Sunday with the recipe for the paella and the winner of the $25.00 gift card. Good luck, everyone!

  64. Heather
    September 19, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

    congrats!! i went to europe this summer but somehow i still don’t have much experience with tapas (sadly!) but for apps i love good dips like hummus or guac !


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