Tapas Night is a favorite on our dinner rotation. The meal consists of the family gathering around the kitchen counter with bar stools and eating a little of this and a little of that. Kids love finger foods and having the choice to sample all sorts of different things. It has made my little ones quite the adventurous eaters. There may be a cheese platter (brie, goat, and smoked Gouda are our favs), olives, a caprese salad, artichokes with dipping sauce, pita and hummus, green salad, or herbed potatoes. Whatever I feel like at the moment. I try to give the night a theme, serving food together with an Italian, Spanish, or Mediterranean flare. Tapas Night also gives me the opportunity to try new recipes in small servings and, if it isn't a hit, the whole meal isn't ruined. Leftovers sometimes get thrown in as well.
The other night I set out goat cheese, olives, dates, crackers, pita and hummus, artichokes, green salad, and I decided to slip in something I have never tried before, Garbanzo Bean Salad. It was a hit.
1-2 cans of garbanzo beans
olives (like kalamata)
Rinse and drain the garbanzo beans, add chopped veggies and crumpled feta, and toss with olive oil, lemon, garlic, and salt to taste. Enjoy! Tapas Night always produces the best conversations. Food has the ability to bring families together.