The recipe you turn to when you have a bunch of leftovers in the fridge, some fresh crusty baguette to hand and you wanna throw it all together onto a sharing platter to down with a few glasses of red
If you know anything about us, you'll know we love our wine, and we love our wine bars. We would happily regale you with tales of our favourite ones in every country and city we've visited but more on that another time...
Well, we found a beaut in Granada called Taberna La Tana that serves the tastiest wines along with the best tapas called 'montaditos' - any of their premium, locally-sourced ingredients served on top of a thick slice of crusty bread. They've paired savoury with sweet, chalky with oily and it all works like a perfectly (extra virgin olive) oiled machine ;)
What we're aiming for:
4 x paté-based montaditos 4 x tomato-based montaditos 4 x cheese-based montaditos
200g of paté (we prefer beef and pepper-spiced)
200g of a cured cheese (for this Spanish version, aim for a Manchego-like sheep cured variety)
A punnet of fresh strawberries (you'll only need a few but who can only buy a few strawberries? Save the rest for a fresh dessert or added to drinks later)
2 large on-the-vine tomatoes
A handful of red/black grapes (again, save the rest of the bunch for adding to drinks!)
Sea salt (such as Maldon)
Freshly cracked black pepper
A good quality extra virgin olive oil
1 fresh stick of bread that has a nice crusty outside while being softly fresh on the inside (we use the type the Spanish call 'Rustica')
For the bread base: Cut the bread into thick'ish slices. Something you can get a good hold on and enough for a few bites Drizzle a barely-there base of olive oil all over
For the paté montaditos: Take four slices and layer them with a (really) generous scoop of paté Chop two strawberries in half. Place each half on the end of each paté montadito Season lightly with salt and pepper Done
Crusty, fresh baguette drizzled with a good quality extra virgin olive oil is perfect for these types of montaditos
For the cheese montaditos: Cut eight triangular slices of cheese Take four slices of bread and place two slices of cheese on each Cut four grapes in half and place two halves on each montadito Add half a walnut to each and season with salt Done
For the tomato montaditos: Thickly slice your two tomatoes and then cut each slice in half again Cover your remaining slices of bread with a single layer of tomato slices (we usually aim for three on there) Drizzle some olive oil over the slices Season with a generous amount of sea salt and pepper Done
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Now sit back and proceed to sip a hearty red Spanish wine, chomp down on your platter of montaditos and enjoy the taste sensations!