On August's Show: A Spanish Tapas Party

Imagine the fun of a small gathering of your friends for an evening of socializing while you all enjoy delectable tidbits of savory Spanish appetizers. Of course you can do it! With minimal fuss, you can throw together a delicious Tapas menu like the Europeans have been enjoying for centuries. Tapas have become all the rage in the U.S. recently. "Tapas Bars" are popping up everywhere and you can easily create the "tapas experience" for your friends in your own home.

A few things to remember:
1. Keep it simple. No elaborate set up is required. Tapas are designed to be nibbled while standing up, holding a drink. No eating utensils are needed as tapas are always considered "finger food".
2. Make a dish or two and purchase the rest of your "tapas spread" at the grocery store which will likely carry most of the items you'll need: fresh, crusty bread, sausages, cheeses, nuts and olives. (Many stores even have olive bars).
3. Be sure to have plenty of cool beverages on hand. My "San" Sangria, a delicious, fruity, nonalcoholic sangria is an excellent choice.
4. Relax, eat and have fun!

A Sample Menu for your Tapas Party:
Savory Sausage Empanadas
Skillet Garlic Shrimp
Grapes in Goat Cheese
Marcona Almonds
Marinated Olive Medley
Manchego Cheese & Chorizo Sausage Skewers
Loaf of Crusty French or Italian Bread

In a large pitcher combine:
1 1/2 liters ginger ale
1 quart red grape juice
1 small can frozen limeade concentrate
Orange, lemon and lime slices
Serve ice cold.

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