It’s a Tapas Party!!! {Quinoa Bites AND French Friday’s with Dorie}

February 6, 2011 · 28 comments

OR it could be a hors-d’œuvre party!  There are two dishes for you to enjoy in this fun blog.  A French dish, for the French Friday’s with Dorie community.  AND a fun Spanish dish, just because creating new dishes is fun.

This week for French Friday’s with Dorie we made, Basque Potato Tortilla.  It is commonly referred to in the United States as a Frittata.  The dish originates from the Basque region of France, and uses the Spanish name tortilla in the dish.

When I read the recipe, it dawned on me what was familiar.  When I did my Dietetic Internship in Boise, Idaho a few years back I went to a museum  about groups of people who settled in Idaho….guess who it was???  People from the Basque region of France settled in several different areas of Idaho.  It was a very interesting museum, and we bought food in the little store after wards to enjoy:)

This dish was honestly really easy to make, and turned out so wonderful.  I am really a fan of eggs, so I love  love Quiche, Frittata’s, and now this lovely Basque Potato Tortilla.

Dorie shares with you that this dish can be served in individual servings, OR as hors-d’œuvre.  AND since I am doing a fun Super Bowl themed blog, what better way to serve this pretty little thing!

I cannot post the recipe, but I have to say, you would not be disappointed if you bought this beautiful book.  The book is Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan, you can find Dorie on Twitter.

My second dish is a recipe I created all on my own!  I really do love quinoa, AND it really is that versatile!

Remember in part 1 of the Sweet and Savory Quinoa Bites, I shared with you the Raspberry Quinoa Bites?  Today we will take you down the savory road, and enjoy an “all in one bite” treat.

An “all in one bite” treat is also referred to as a Tapas.  There are restaurants that only serve Tapas, and not a main meal.  I think a one bite treat is creative, and should be fun.

I toasted the quinoa, and mixed it with cheese, butter, and cilantro.  You want to press the quinoa mixture all the way down, and around the edges of the mini muffin pan, and bake.

The butter and cheese will be bubbling, and doing a happy dance together.  Let them cool for at least 30 minutes so it is easier to get them out of the pan.  I won’t lie, some of them did not want to cooperate and broke up.  Just remove them from the pan VERY carefully.

Then you can top with whatever treat you desire.  Today we did seasoned ground beef, tomatoes, scallions, Chobani Greek Yogurt, and black olives…YUM-O!!!

Recipe:

1 cup quinoa

1 pound ground beef (I only used 1/2, and reserved rest for another meal)

1/4 cup or more taco seasoning

1/2 cup  salted butter melted

1/2 cup  parmesan cheese

1/2 cup cheddar cheese

2-3 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Chopped tomato

Sliced black olives

Chopped scallions

Plain Greek yogurt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Make quinoa, 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups of water.  Spread cooked quinoa out on sheet pan, and let cool.  Toast quinoa, frequently stirring, will take 15-20 minutes to toast.  Once quinoa is lightly browned, pull out and place in bowl.

2. Mix toasted quinoa with chopped cilantro, parmesan and cheddar cheese, and melted butter.  You may not need all of the melted butter, add half and mix well to decide if you need more melted butter.  Once mixed well, take a tablespoon and add to each mini muffin pan.  Press down well, and press the mixture around the edges.  Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cups are bubbling from butter and cheese.  Let them cool for about 30 minutes.

3. Take a quinoa cup and put burger, tomatoes, scallions, Chobani Greek Yogurt, and black olives.  Only a small amount is needed on each cup.  Enjoy!

I will be making more tomorrow:)

What is your favorite little bit size treat?  Have you ever gone to a Tapas restaurant?

Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,

Hugs, Terra

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  • http://www.yummychunklet.wordpress.com YummyChunklet

    Everything looks great! I like the quinoa bites!

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Thank you so much!!! I am excited to enjoy some more quinoa bites, they were really tasty:)

  • Lizzy

    Your tortilla looks wonderful…and what a fabulous quinoa appetizer!!!!

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Thank you so much!!!!

  • Amy Bakes Everything

    I love all things bite-sized! These are gorgeous!

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      There is something about little bites of food, they are sooo cute:) Thank you so much for stopping by:)

  • Vegan Thyme

    Those minis are just adorable and I bet tasted fantastic!

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Thank you so much! I had my hubby take the first bite, and he went for two more, so success:) They really were delicious:)

  • Cher

    Hi – love the Quinoa bites. Quinoa is a great food and doesn’t get enough love (although it can be hard to find).

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Thank you so much!! I think quinoa is finally starting to get recognized, but slowly of course. It is hard to find I agree, which is frustrating! There might be places on line to order, which is helpful:) Take care!

  • http://comowater.com Tiffany

    Those quinoa bites look AMAZING! And fun fact… my first restaurant job was at a Tapas Bar! :D

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Thank you so much!!! Really, that is a fun fact, I think it would be a fun atmosphere to work in:) Take care!

  • http://sabrina-eatdrinkandbemerry.blogspot.com Sabrina

    LOVE TAPAS! these look awesome!

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      They are so fun!!!! Thank you so much for stopping by:)

  • Lola

    What a clever idea!

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Thank you so much!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/FrugalAntics Frugal Antics

    Looks delicious. There was a tapas restaurant in WA that we loved. I miss the big city.

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Thank you so much!!! I love the big cities too, so many beautiful restaurants to enjoy:)

  • http://dreamaboutfood.blogspot.com fooddreamer

    I love tapas or appetizers, whatever you want to call them, and both of these look delicious!

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Thank you so much!!! I guess it could be like, “You say tomato, I say tomato” LOL!!

  • http://peaseporridgepdx.wordpress.com/ pease porridge pdx

    I love the quinoa bites! So smart. Adding this to my recipe queue.

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Awww, Thank you so much! Let me know what you thought of the Quinoa Bites:)

  • http://gingerbreadcake.wordpress.com/ Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels

    I love foods that are mini sized (because I feel like I can eat a thousand of them!). We have a couple of Tapas restaurants in Portland that are really good. Mmmm I love the idea of making Quinoa bites. How cute!

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      I completely agree Lindsey!!! I have only had fun making Tapas, I still need to get to a Tapas restauant:) Thank you so much for stopping by:)

  • http://profwhocooks.blogspot.com KB from Prof Who Cooks

    Wow, those quinoa bites look fantastic! Thanks for the recipe as I’ll definitely be trying that out. Tapas are, for me, the best kind of meal to eat–lots of variation and I can easily control how much I eat!

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Thank you so much!!! Unless the Tapas are WAY too good, then I may eat too many, LOL! Let me know what you thought of the quinoa bites:) Enjoy!

  • http://frozenplumb.com Karla

    Oooh, those quinoa bites look really lovely!! Well done!

  • The Wimpy Vegetarian

    Terra, I love these!!! I can’t do the ground beef, but my brain is going a million miles a minutes thinking up ideas for these little quinoa bites. Love!!

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