A few years ago I bought these cute little glasses and made Red Beet and Cream Cheese Verrines
Then I put the little glasses into the cabinet and promptly forgot about them.
A few weeks ago I was having a small dinner party (remember the Pecan Cake?) and I was struggling to think of a creative, but easy starter. I also was trying to find something a bit lighter since the other parts of the dinner were a little heavy on the cheese and cream….
The weather was wintry so some spice would be good – and I was going to be in Spain so I was willing to use my stash of pimientos. But I needed contrast – both in color and flavor.
Cue the light-bulb moment….
Thus are ideas born.
The recipe is for 10 verrines – each holds about 1/4 cup (2oz, 60gr).
Red Pepper and White Bean Verrine
Total time: 25 minutes
- 12oz (360gr) pimientos, roasted red peppers, net weight
- 2 shallots, chopped
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 4 tbs pesto rosso
- 1/4 cup (2oz, 60gr) tomato sauce
- 2 tsp paprika, divided
- 12oz (360gr) white beans, net weight, drained, rinsed
- 1 tbs sherry vinegar
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp za’atar
- Fry shallots in olive oil until browned.
- Put pimientos, shallots, pesto rosso, tomato sauce, and 1 tsp paprika into a blender.
- Purée until smooth
- Put mixture into a bowl and rinse blender.
- Put white beans, vinegar, cumin, za’atar, and 1 tsp paprika into blender
- Purée until smooth.
- Spoon white bean mixture into 10 verrine, filling 1/3 full.
- Spoon an equal amount of pimiento mixture on top.
- Serve immediately or chill for later.
To finish your virtual visit to Barcelona…
There were hardly any buskers on Las Ramblas, unlike our previous visits. Instead there were people posing on balconies.
Some were real, live humans, like Marilyn posing for the Erotica Museum:
Others were not real and just for fun:
There are not a lot of (or any) grassy spots in Barcelona, but there are playgrounds for the kids.
As it was Monday morning they were all in school.
One must have at least one photo of the cathedral.
Behind the cathedral, in the ‘close’ or interior courtyard, I poked my nose in a saw….
This was an early evening photo – thus the blue colors.
And that is it for Barcelona….