Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Cooking Class: Spain

The teacher update:

A great and energized class today while we made tapas. We made three types of tapas - tortillas españolas, pimientos rellenos and sautéed greens and white beans on toast with shaved Manchego cheese. The kids worked with great focus and delightful energy. After lightly frying the petit peppers, the kids filled them with soft goat cheese, herbs and lemon zest. Then, we popped them in the oven for about 15 minutes until they were warmed through and the cheese melted somewhat.

The tortilla required that the kids chop lots of potatoes and onions. We first cooked those stove-top. Once tender, we mixed them with the egg mixture. We cooked stove top until the bottom set. Once set, we popped the whole pan in the oven and baked until golden. You an also flip the tortilla and cook it all stove top but the way we did it in class is a bit safer and will guarantee that your tortilla doesn't end up on your kitchen floor.

Finally, the little toasts topped with Swiss chard and white beans were yummy. The kids made an aioli to spread on the toast before spooning the greens and bean on top. A quick drizzle of olive oil and a bit of shaved Manchego finished up the dish.

Now, my note: Hurray for coming home from work to yummy, healthy food already prepared! My motivation for the class was fun/learning for K, but this outcome is delightful and delicious.

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