~ Banderillas Picantes ~
Pickles on Skewers for Tapas
It’s Belleau Kitchen’s second birthday and so Dom has come up with a corker of an idea; the Random Recipes challenge for April is to bake something special for him from a random baking book……..but, somehow that got lost in translation for me and I excitedly piled all my party food books into a haphazard heap (Birthday = Party!) and randomly picked an appetiser recipe that I thought was brilliant for Dom and his Sunday evening apéritif………but it’s NOT baked! However, I have made these, photographed them and served them to friends last night before dinner, so I am entering them anyway, but I do not expect Dom to accept them…….and, I will TRY to bake something later on in the month too…….
Banderillas get their name from the barbed darts used during a bullfight, fortunately for all of us, my banderillas aren’t dangerous and are a very simple-to-prepare. They require no cooking (or indeed baking as required for Random Recipes!) so if you can manage to open a jar and skewer the ingredients on a cocktail stick, then congratulations, you can make banderillas! There are many types, some have cooked meats, cheese and vegetables, as well as seafood, sausages and ham, but I LOVE these little pickled ones for a zip when served with apéritifs and cocktails.
The random book that I picked was called Tapas! It’s a wonderful book that is full of fun PARTY food for friends. The recipe I am sharing here is HUGELY adapted from the book however, and I have called it my own now, as the book suggested cooked chicken, avocado, smoked cheese, cherry tomatoes and numerous other ingredients, ALL of which would have made wonderful Banderillas, but I had five jars of pickles open that needed using, so I made HOT skewers with chillies, olives, gherkins, peppers and little silverskin onions!
Anyway, here is my Random Recipe offering, not baked and I will not be upset if you don’t accept it Dom……..however, I WILL try to fit in a bake before the end of the month! This recipe (or method) is a lovely idea for people who need some nibbles for drinks and are VERY short of time……I am now going to develop a fishy and seafood Banderilla next……….that’s it for today, Happy Birthday Belleau Kitchen, and see you all soon, Karen.