Trying to cook and photograph a dinner party is not easy. Now I understand why party planners charge so much.
What you see in these pictures, is just part of the entire menu. It was a Tapas style dinner party for four, with 13 different dishes. We were stuffed with food and Sangría by the end of the evening.
My favorite dish is Tortilla Española (Spanish Omelette). I think it's really called Tortilla de Patatas (Potato Omelette), but in Puerto Rico we just call it Tortilla Española.
It's exactly what the name suggests: Eggs, Potatoes and Yellow Onion. Traditionally, you fry the Potatoes and Onions in Olive Oil before incorporating them into the beaten Eggs, then cooking the mix in a skillet on the stove. But I did it a bit differently.
You'll need: 8 Eggs, 4 medium Potatoes, 1 Yellow Onion, Olive Oil and Salt. Peel and cut the Potatoes into fine and small pieces, then chop the Onion into small pieces. Drizzle with Oil and sprinkle some Salt on top, then bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Let it come to room temperature. Beat the Eggs, add the Potatoes to the egg mixture, pour into a greased round baking dish and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve warm or cold.
A very simple flowery center piece, decorated the table.
A very refreshing Avocado and Tomato Salad was served along with the rest of the dishes. To prepare it, just cut an Avocado into small squares, do the same with a Tomato. Drizzle with some Orange or Grapefruit juice and garnish with Lemon Basil leaves.
The Roasted Garlic pictured above, tasted amazing spread on French Bread.
Just drizzle an entire head of Garlic with Olive Oil and bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees (skin on, don't peel). Wait until it has come to room temperature before peeling. The cloves will come off really easy. They taste super sweet when roasted.
I also chopped some Lemon Basil leaves and mixed them with softened butter.
These Lemon Basil leaves are from a plant I got two weeks ago at the Farmer's Market. The grower said it was a hybrid. It smells and tastes like lemon, it's amazing.
Hopefully, I'll have many other gatherings like this one in the future. If I'm ever able to organize myself.
The full Menu included:
Cream of Potato
Roasted Sausages (my Mom insisted)
Roasted Onions and Green Peppers
Cremini Mushrooms in White Wine Sauce
Avocado and Tomato Salad
Mixed Nut and Coconut Chocolate Bark (recipe here)