Banderillas Picantes – Pickles on Skewers for Tapas and Random Recipes

Banderillas Picantes - Pickles on Skewers for Tapas

~ Banderillas Picantes ~

Pickles on Skewers for Tapas

Random Recipes

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 Picantes - for a PARTY!

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.

Banderillas Picante for Tapas

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!

Banderillas - I used sandwich/burger skewers for mine, but I think they look good!

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.

My much adapted recipe was taken from a book called Tapas.

Banderillas Picantes – Pickles on Skewers for Tapas

Serves 16
Prep time 5 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Appetizer, Beverage, Snack, Starter
Misc Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Barbecue, Casual Party, Formal Party
Region Spanish
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
Cheeky little Tapas pickles on skewers that are great when served with apéritifs.

Ingredients

  • 16 silverskin pickled onions
  • 16 pieces of chargrilled red pepper in vinegar
  • 16 pimento stuffed green olives
  • 16 pieces of hot green pickled chillies
  • 16 pieces of gherkin (or 16 small cornichons)
  • 15 cocktail sticks (plastic ones are best, or plastic sandwich sticks)

Note

These easy tapas called 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, and if you can manage to open a jar and skewer the ingredients on a toothpick, then congratulations, you can make banderillasThere 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.

Directions

Step 1 Simply take your cocktail sticks, or sandwich skewers and thread the pickled on in the order listed, with the gherkin being to the bottom and the silverskin onion being to the top.
Step 2 All types of pickles can be used, but these five types make a nice appetiser with a bit of attitude! These are wonderful served with cocktails as well as being part of the Tapas table.

All ready for drinks before a celebration dinner!

If you were to make these, what would be your favourite five ingredients?

Would you serve these with a meal Tapas style or just with drinks?

Comments

  1. says

    the way I see it, we’ve got so much sweet stuff to eat we’re going to need something savoury to counteract it, so I accept these with relish and I bow to you and your incredible photography… and I guess you still did the whole random thing so at least the ‘message’ is there… thanks for taking part honey x

    • says

      Aw thanks Dom! It was a totally random book and Malcolm picked the page number, so YES, it was VERY random! Thanks for your lovely comments and I WILL see if I can bake something for you before the month is out! Karen

  2. says

    Ha ha! Got a bit carried away in your enthusiasm there, easily done. I love those little things on sticks, takes me back to the late sixties and early seventies when my Mum and Dad were always having parties and there were always things on sticks! I might not bother with the pickled onions, but love all the rest of the bits, esp gherkins. Perhaps some cheese would be good to counteract all that acidity.

    • says

      I got so carried away I forgot what the challenge was Janice! I just remembered that it was a 2nd birthday event! Yes, I agree, I was a bit frugal this time insofar that I wanted to empty the pickle jars before we set off back to the UK….but I think that cheese and/or cherry tomatoes would be lovely too.

  3. says

    Fantastic presentation makes a perfect appetizer, even when a simple ingredients are used. This Banderillas are up my alley, I always need something pickled after I eat sweet…:)I would put roasted pepper (Love it!), cornichons, olives, pickled asparagus, and pickled cherry tomatoes… and I would wrap around it a pickled lovage!

    • says

      I LOVE your ideas! Especially, as you will probably know, the pickled lovage! I am now on a mission to develop new Banderillas every few weeks for easy to make appies!

  4. says

    Pickles are one of those things that I don’t eat for ages and then scoff a load of them, savouring their tangy sharp flavour! These look real pretty, I probably would eat them in the kitchen and NOT share them with the guess though!

  5. says

    Karen you are definitely my kind of girl. I love the idea that Birthday = Party. How right you are so I’m pleased Dom included you in the round up. We need a little savoury bite in amongst all that cake! GG

  6. Maya Russell says

    Great for a party – quick and easy. The kids even might like the acidic taste – as long as the chilli wasn’t too hot – could leave it out. Shared with G+.

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