What's more fun than throwing a dinner party for friends? Good food, wine, and lots of laughter are keys to a happy life. Below are some of my favorite recipes for an elegant Spanish-themed dinner. From easy-to-make Fried Black Olives and an even easier appetizer of Serrano Ham with Gordal Olives and Orange Peel to a delicious Roasted Chicken with Preserved Lemons and Manzanilla Olives and a scrumptious Salmon with Lentils, Bacon, and Gordal Olives. Can't find Spanish olives? Check Amazon.com or simply use a green Italian variety.
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Serrano Ham with Gordal Olives and Orange Peel
This is easy appetizer can be prepared in a flash and it makes for a gorgeous presentation. Simply place Serrano ham in loose ribbons on a plate. Garnish with Gordal olives, generous pieces of orange peel (use a vegetable peeler to create ribbons), a torn bay leaf or two, and drizzle with Spanish extra virgin olive oil.
Grilled Octopus with Cauliflower, Olives and Pimentón
This perfect-for-any-season salad packs a flavorful punch and will wow your guests!
Roasted Chicken with Preserved Lemons and Manzanilla Olives
This easy chicken recipe takes only minutes to make but your guests will think you slaved over a hot stove! Chicken breasts are simply seared first in an oven-safe pan until the skin is browned. Fresh rosemary sprigs are added then the whole pan goes into the oven until the breasts are done (about 10-12 minutes). Manzanilla olives, preserved lemons, lemon juice, parsley and olive oil are added to the pan to complete this robust and brightly flavored dish that has the delicious essence of both Spain and Morocco.
Roasted Swordfish with Manzanilla Olives, Cherry Tomatoes, and Capers
This rich, rustic and flavorful Spanish recipe combines the bold and fresh flavors of olives with the bright accents of citrus. It's the perfect dinner party recipe!
Salmon with Lentils, Bacon, and Gordal Olives
This elegant salmon recipe features hearty lentils and flavorful Gordal Spanish olives. Lentils are simmered in chicken stock with crispy bacon, shallots, carrots and leeks then brightened with olives and chives. Tender filets of pan grilled salmon are served over a bed of lentils for an unctuous dish that's perfect for any night of the week!
Rack of Lamb with Artichokes Roasted with Gordal Olives and Mint
With a tender, herbed flavor, this dish blends the hearty and rich tastes of lamb with the silky smooth textures of Gordal olives and artichokes.
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