Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tapas Brunch

Tapas are little appetizers eaten in Spain. This tradition may have originated in the Jerez area of southern Spain known for making Sherry. Bar patrons were given a piece of bread to cover or "tapar" the wine glass. Years ago, I imagine that little bugs and other critters loved to hang out in dark taverns. Later meats, cheese, and other ingredients were added to the bread and tapas were born. Today in bars in Spain, many tapas are included in the price of the cover charge or minimum drink purchase. Some of the best tapas I've had were in Sevilla.

Isabella's is one of my favorite restaurants for tapas and Spanish food. The girls also really enjoy eating there and we always order a few tapas to share. You can't go to Isabella's without ordering asparagus fries. While this is certainly not a traditional item for tapas, it is SO good.

The restaurant also offers cooking classes. I've taken a few classes and have learned some great recipes. Here's a delicious recipe for Gambas al Ajillo, garlic shrimp. It is delicious when served with saffron rice.

• 12-15 shrimp, 25 count to a pound
• 1tbsp garlic, finely minced
• 1 tsp sweet Spanish paprika
• 1 tsp red pepper flakes
• 1/4 cup virgin olive oil
• 3 tsp chopped fresh parsley
• Rice to accompany the shrimp

In a sauté pan or heavy frying pan, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté for about one minute or until they begin to brown. Raise the heat to high and add the shrimp and paprika. Stir well, then sauté, stirring briskly until the shrimp turn pink and curl – about 3 minutes.
Remove from heat and transfer shrimp with oil and sauce to a warm plate. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Sprinkle with parsley.


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  1. OMG I thought you were a 5 year old you all look so cute together! LOVE the dresses. Jealous over here. xoxo


  2. I don't know which to fantasize over more today! Twin girls that I can dress up in Lilly or Beth Dunn's personal assistant! My wish list is getting outta control...XXOO

  3. Look at you and those darling girls! I love it. Tapas are fabulous. Having a girls night out at the tapas place where I am having my fortieth this year! Can't wait to try everything!

  4. That place looks delicious! I'm pretty sure we drove by on our way to the Weinberg Center in November. I'm going to have to try it sometime. Do you know whether they'd be able to accomodate a gluten free eater? The menu looks pretty accomodating!

  5. You gals look beautiful. Nothing better in the world than having twin girls, except days when you all get to dress alike - that's the BEST! xoxoxo

  6. Yumola! I LOVE shrimp so I will have to make this!

  7. Yummmm...the asparagus fries sound delicious!

  8. You three look so cute together. I know you have so much fun with your precious girls! Nothing like your children to make you happy (and crazy, but I digress)!!!

  9. You and your girls look so adorable in your matching dresses! I love tapas. Will have to try this recipe!

  10. Matching dresses!!!!!! OMG I just died from the cuteness ;-)

    If you're ever in Bethesda, Jaleo has FAB tapas.



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